In order to encouraging a strong, secure family base, the Qatari government also endeavors to provide citizens with a secure, stable public institutional base that encourages and protects public safety and security and demonstrates the principles of justice and equality, as outlined in the Constitution.
Crime rates in Qatar reside well below global averages. In fact, Qatar is one of world’s top ranking countries in terms of safety despite the vast amount of expatriates that move to the state. In 2010 Qatar ranked #1 within the Arab region, and 15th out of the 149 countries gauged on the Global Peace Index (GPI) of the Institute for Economic and Peace. The GPI takes into consideration 24 different indicators, many of which are related to public safety and security, as well as factors prevalent to the country’s external relations.
Whoever intentionally removes damages or destroys a seal affixed to papers, places or other things by virtue of a judgment, judicial or administrative order shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years and/or a fine not exceeding ten thousand Qatari Riyals (QR 10.000) o. The penalty shall be imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years if the perpetrator is the security guard.
Whoever unlawfully destroys papers, deeds or official records deposited in government places and intended for storing, or delivered to the public officer assigned to take custody of the said items shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years and/or a fine not exceeding ten thousand Qatari Riyals (QR 10.000).
The penalty shall be imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years if the perpetrator is the guardian or the person entrusted with the said items.
Whoever takes possession of or conceals from the post officers or the officers of telecommunications, a letter, a cable, a package or a box, or opens any of them or discloses their contents of data or information or facilitates this to others shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years and/or a fine not exceeding ten thousand Qatari Riyals (QR 10.000).
The perpetrator may be dismissed from office in the cases provided for in this Article and the second paragraph of the preceding Article.
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