03 June 2014 13:01

NICOSIA - The House Legal Affairs Committee said on Monday that efforts would intensify to ensure a new bill, outlining tougher measures to combat child sex abuse, will be ready in time for the plenum on June 12.
Apart from introducing sweeping reforms aimed at enhancing preventative measures against crimes of this nature, the new draft proposal seeks to impose tougher prison sentences on those found guilty of crimes relating to the sexual exploitation of minors and child pornography.
Speaking after yesterday’s session at the House, committee head Sotiris Sampson said that discussions over the proposal were already underway and would continue everyday so as to ensure that it is ready for next week’s plenary session.
“There are many issues and points that need to be clarified and cleared especially since this bill arrived at our committee without having previously been scrutinised by the relevant agencies and organisations,” said Sampson.


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