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Short Update: Longer sentences and new criminal offences created in Romania

FairTrialsAdmin - April 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences

Legislation has been passed in Romania to increase sentences and create new criminal offences.  

The minimum prison sentence for false statements has increased to 6 months (previously 3 months) due to the fact that several people have reportedly lied about not having come into direct contact with infected persons or about the countries they have travelled from. 

The offence of preventing the fight against the spread of disease was also modified to cover the new situations and increase penalties. Failure to respect quarantines or hospitalization now carries a penalty 6 months to 3 years imprisonment or a fine. 

A new crime was introduced of failing to provide information during an epidemiological interview about people with whom you have come into contact. This carries a penalty of imprisonment from 6 months to 3 years or a fine. 

More broadly, it is now considered an aggravating circumstance in relation to any crime if a person has taken advantage of the state of emergency. 

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