Over 80 percent of NA deputies approved the Penal Code in November 2015 (Source: Vietnamnet.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – The National Assembly has issued a resolution to delay the implementation of the Penal Code 2015 and several other laws until the Law on the amendments and supplements to a number of articles in the code becomes effective, announced the President’s Office during a press conference in Hanoi on June 30.

Under the resolution, the effectiveness of the Criminal Procedure Code No. 101/2015/QH13, the Law on the Organisation of Criminal Investigation Agencies No. 99/2015/QH13, and the Law on the Implementation of Custody and Temporary Detention No. 94/2015/QH13 will be postponed until the same time.

Meanwhile, the bill on the amendments and supplementats to some articles of the Penal Code 2015 will be added to the laws and ordinances building programme 2016, stated the resolution which takes effects from June 30.

The Penal Code No. 100/2015/QH13, adopted by the National Assembly on November 27, 2015, was set to take effect on July 1 this year.

However, some of its articles advantageous to offenders will still be applied.

Specifically, from July 1, 2016, regulations benefiting offenders stated in item 3, Article 7 of the Penal Code No. 100/2015/QH13, and point b, item 1 of Article 1 of Decree 109/2015/QH13 on the implementation of the Penal Code will be enforced, together with item 2 of Article 1 and other regulations in offenders’ favour in the decree.

At the same time, the revised Penal Code 1999, the revised Criminal Procedure Code 2003, the revised Ordinance on the Organisation of Criminal Investigation Agencies 2004 and the revised Decree on the Implementation of Custody and Temporary Detention 1998 remain valid until the Law on the amendments and supplems to a number of articles of the code becomes effective.

During the conference, Deputy Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung said that errors in the Criminal Procedure Code No. 101/2015/QH13 are mostly technical ones, but they affect criminal prevention and combat.-VNA