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Posted On: 21 May 2019 06:16 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

Shura Council Approves Draft Law on DNA tests and databases in Qatar

Leena Chung
Leena Chung
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The Shura Council held its regular weekly meeting on Monday under the chairmanship of H.E. the Speaker Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud. At the beginning of the meeting, the Council discussed draft law amending certain provisions of laws related to energy affairs which "Minister of State for Energy Affairs" is replaced with "Minister of Energy and Industry".

Gulf Times reported,

The draft law, which included 14 articles, states that a DNA database shall be established at the Ministry of Interior and shall be attached to the relevant authority at the Ministry.
The database shall be used to store genetic information obtained from DNA samples as per the law. Biochemical sampling, biopsy, DNA testing, data preservation on the DNA database, or using it in investigation or trial is prohibited unless it was based on a decision from Public Prosecution or a relevant court.
Data stored in the DNA database shall be confidential and cannot be viewed without the permission of the Minister of Interior, the Public Prosecutor or a relevant court.
DNA tests and data kept in the DNA database are authentic in evidence unless proven otherwise, except for rulings of descent provided for in chapter two of part six of the family law. In its report, the Committee recommended amending article 11 of the draft law on penalties.
After the discussion, the Council approved the draft law as amended and decided to forward its recommendations to the government.
The Committee continued its review on the draft law on issuing the law against money laundering and terrorism financing and decided to continue its review in the next session.

Source: QNA & Gulf Times