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Syria – The Penal Code

  • Country: Syria
  • Law status: Repealed
  • Law Type: Honor Killings

Article 548 (amended in 2009 and 2011) of Syria’s Penal Code allows for a lesser punishment, capped at 7 years’ imprisonment, for men who kill their wives, sisters, mothers or daughters on finding them engaging in an “illegitimate” sexual act. The normal punishment for murder is hard labor for 20 years.

Article 548.  He who catches his wife, sister, mother or daughter by surprise, engaging in an illegitimate sexual act and kills or injures them unintentionally must serve a minimum of two years in prison.

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