Chechnya submits bill on terrorist family criminal liability to State Duma

The Chechen Republic parliament has submitted to the State Duma a bill tightening punishment of terrorists and their accomplices from amongst family members.

The Chechen Republic parliament has submitted to the State Duma a bill tightening punishment of terrorists and their accomplices from amongst family members.

The bill "On the Adjustment of Some Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in Regard to Stricter Liability for Crimes against Public Security" was registered by the lower chamber on Monday.

Chechen lawmakers proposed stricter punishment for crimes against public security with prison terms of 15 to 25 years.

The Chechen Republic parliament press service said earlier they proposed to "supplement prison terms, life imprisonment or capital punishment with such types [of punishment] as the freezing of assets [and their ownership by the Russian Federation or an aggrieved party as a way of compensation for material or moral damage caused by the convict] and the freezing of a bank account with the subsequent withdrawal of money."

The press service quoted Chechen Parliament Speaker Dukuvakha Abdurakhmanov as saying that the bill expanded the list of persons subject to such criminal liabilities for crimes of the sort.

"If assistance to perpetrators of such crimes is proven their parents and/or their adult close relatives shall be subject to criminal liability," Abdurakhmanov said.

He added that the bill listed types of close relatives.

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