Article 16



Criminal liability Forced labour Human trafficking Slavery

Article 16 establishes the penalty for witness tampering related to human trafficking crimes.

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Article 16. Whoever uses force, threats, or offers gifts or advantage of any kind or a promise thereof; to induce another person to provide false testimony or information, or conceal a matter during the course of evidence collection, investigation or trial relating to the commission of any of the crimes stipulated in this law; shall be punished by imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years and a fine not exceeding two-hundred-thousand (200,000) Riyals.

Law /Qatar / Law No. 15 of 2011 concerning combating Human Trafficking

Trafficking in persons is criminalized in Qatar under Law No. 15 of 2011 on Combatting Human Trafficking, and punished with imprisonment for a maximum term of 7 years and a fine of up to 250,000 Qatar Riyals, and in particular aggravating circumstances, it can result in a maximum fine of 300,000 Qatar Riyals and up to 15 years imprisonment.

This law imports its definition of human trafficking from the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Art. 22 establishes the liability of legal persons for crimes of human trafficking committed by their employees or representatives in their name and for their interest.