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penal code

a code setting out all or at least most of the main principles of the criminal law of a system. In the USA many states have turned the common law into codes or partial codes. Under the influence of the NAPOLEONIC CODE, the Code d'Instruction Criminelle of 1808 and the Code Pénal of 1810, many continental European states have adopted penal codes that require from time to time to be revised. The UK has generally not followed this course but there is a trend towards it - the English Law Commission proposes reform around the idea of criminal code and an unofficial but highly influential draft code has been published by eminent lawyers in Scotland.
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Maalouf specifically invoked Article 183 of the Penal Code that states "the act committed is not considered to be a crime if exercised as a right without exceeding its limits."
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He pointed out that the session would be dedicated to extensive discussions on the draft Oman penal code assigned by the Council of Ministers with the report of the Majlis Al Shura, in addition to the report prepared by the Legal Committee of the State Council.
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Sources said the Centre is moving swiftly to get a Cabinet approval after which a Bill for amending the Indian Penal Code will be moved.
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