Govt proposes law to put ‘child offender’ stamp on passports

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    The Government has proposed legislation that would allow the Immigration Division to put a ‘child offender’ stamp on the passport of such persons.

    According to a Guardian Newspaper report, it was put forward by Attorney General Faris Al Rawi, in the Parliament yesterday.

    He reportedly said if someone is a registered child offender, they would have forfeited the privilege of anonymity making it possible for immigration officers to put the stamp.

    The law amends the Sexual Offences Act and is designed to introduce a national sex offenders’ registry to be kept by the Police Service.

    It requires a three fifth’s special majority vote for passage.

    As such, Mr Al-Rawi has urged senators to support proposals while adding that Government is willing to have deliberations on it “if necessary”.