Amend the Penal Code,
the code of Criminal procedures and the code of Civil and commercial
In the Name of the People
The President of the Republic
After reviewing the Constitution, The Penal law no. 58 for 1073, The
Criminal Procedure law no. 150 for 1950,The Civil and Commercial
Procedure law no. 13 for 1968, And their amendments,
The people's Assembly decided and promulgated the following law:
name of Chapter eleven (11) in the second Book of the penal code no.
58 of 1937 and its amendments shall be changed to be "Chapter of
crimes and misdemeanors relating to religions"
A new article no. 159 (bis) shall be added to the said law as
Article 159 (repeated) of the penal code (added) "Shall be punished
with imprisonment and fine that not less than fifty thousand pounds,
or one of it them, whoever:
abuses, disdains, Despises or ridicules the divine or any of
heavenly religions, their messengers and prophets or their
wives, families, or companions and whoever incites or promotes
thereof, by any means; readable, audible, visible, via satellite
or via internet, whether it used in writings, expressionist and
symbolic paintings, caricatures, photographic, singing or
acting…etc and in any language
The same penalty shall be applied on publishers, and those who are
responsible for printing, issuance, broadcast or electronic
transmission whether they were a judicial or a natural person.
reprinting, reissuing, reviewing, rebroadcasting or reviewing by
electronic transmission any of the aforementioned actions or part of
it or the developing, introducing it in another material, selling,
renting or denoting it in recompense or otherwise or bartering
thereof. Whether that action take part in the state territory or
outside it, even if the perpetrator is non-citizen of it.
Instruments, equipments, devices, headquarters, and places used to
commit the crime shall be sentenced to confiscation and closure.
In the case of repetition, the penalty shall be aggravated prison
sentence and fine.
Shall add new article no. 3 bis for the criminal procedure code no.
150 for 1950 amended by the following text:
Article 3 (repeated) (added) "criminal action shall be filed about
crimes mentioned in article 159 repeated of the penal code by one of
public Prosecutors, at least Chief Prosecutor degree, or upon
written request submitted to the General Prosecutor by any subject
in the state or one affiliated to heavenly religion who enjoy his
civil rights according to the state laws, even the crime committed
out of its territory and the perpetrator was not of its nationals or
whoever has interest to complain from the public prosecution
decision issued by preservation or that ordering that there is no
need to initiate the criminal action according to circumstances”
The second paragraph of article 15 of the criminal procedure code
shall be amended to:
“Crimes stipulated in articles 117, 126, 127, 159 repeated, 282, 309
repeated (A) and crimes stipulated in the first section of the
second chapter of the second book of the penal code occurred after
the application date of this law, shall not lapse or subject to
The second paragraph of the Article 3 of the Civil and Commercial
Procedures Code issued by law no. 13 for 1968 shall be amended to:-
“However, public or private potential interest is sufficient or if
the purpose of the request was the precaution to obviate imminent
harm or to ascertain for right feared to forfeit its proof when
Any provision in other laws contradict the provisions of the law
hereto shall be abrogated.
This law shall be stamped with the seal of the state and executed as
one of its laws and came in to effect on the day following the date
of publication in the official Gazette.
Issued at the presidency on 1429 H. / 2008 AD .