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Damascus: Demonstrators should expect high fines

KURDWATCH, September 18, 2011—With Decree No. 110, dated September 6, 2011, the Syrian President amended Articles 335 and 336 of the Criminal Code. Until now, people who were charged pursuant to Article 335 of the Criminal Code for participating in an unauthorized demonstration could expect a prison sentence of between one month and one year and a fine of one hundred Syrian liras. Under the new amendment, the fine was raised to twenty thousand Syrian liras. Until now, people who were charged pursuant to Article 336 for participating in a riot could expect a prison sentence of between one month and one year. With the amendment to Article 336, the same criminal offense can result in an additional fine of fifty thousand Syrian liras. All those who are currently taking part in dissident demonstrations throughout the country are especially affected by the decree.

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