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Senate passes bill to raise fines for selected misdemeanours

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Prague, June 15 (CTK) – The fines for selected misdemeanours will rise up to ten times, and the offending of a policeman or official will newly be qualified as a breach of order, according to a bill on misdemeanours which the Czech Senate narrowly passed on Wednesday.

The bill is yet to be signed into law by the president.

The maximum fine for thwarting, marring or threatening the provision of health service is to rise ten times to 100,000 crowns.

The fine for running business without a licence is to rise in the same way.

The fine imposed on people for giving wrong or incomplete data to authorities or withholding the requested data for their own benefit would rise from 10,000 to 50,000 crowns.

The same increase is planned for the fine for causing damage to other people’s property, unauthorised use of the property of others and the appropriation of a thing by its finder.

The Senate also rejected a ban on stay as a form of punishment for administrative delicts.

Municipalities will lose the right to impose a three-month ban on stay on the people who repeatedly disturbed public peace on their territory as its supporters did not push it through in the upper house on Wednesday.

The government proposed that the ban, which was criticised by human rights advocates, be abolished when it was modifying the misdemeanour law.

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