Violating Isolation Rules is a Criminal Offence

The President of Jordan’s Bar Association has announced those who violate isolation rules will be considered to have committed a criminal offence of causing harm or even death to another. The Defence Law does not annul the Public Health Law or the Penal Code but enhances them. The penalties will not be as severe for those who did not know they had the virus and came into contact with others.

Their cases will be heard by the Court of First Instance which decides penalties under the defence orders, Public Health Law and the Penal Code. This could include a jail term of up to three years and paying compensation to those who have been harmed because of the person who has violated the isolation rules. An infected patient who attempts to violate the Health Ministry’s quarantine and medical instructions will be prosecuted and have to pay a fine or be jailed. Full story

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