The Penal Code

  • Country: Lebanon
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Rape

Article 522 of Lebanon’s Penal Code stops prosecution or execution of a penalty when the perpetrator of a rape, kidnapping, or statutory rape marries the person he has raped or kidnapped.

Article 522. In the event a legal marriage is concluded between the person who committed any of the crimes mentioned in this chapter [including rape, kidnapping and statutory rape], and the victim, prosecution shall be stopped and in case a decision is rendered, the execution of such decision shall be suspended against the person who was subject to it.

Prosecution or the execution of the penalty shall be resumed before the lapse of three years in cases of misdemeanors and five years in cases of felonies, in the event such marriage ends by the divorce of the victim without a legitimate reason or by a divorce which is decided by court in favor of the victim.

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Note:

Article 7 of the Constitution of Lebanon: All Lebanese shall be equal before the law. They shall equally enjoy civil and political rights and shall equally be bound by public obligations and duties without any distinction.

Contact Information:

Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri
Office of the Prime Minister
Riadh El-Solh Square Beirut
LEBANON
Tel:  +961 1 983 030/065
Fax: +961 1 983 022
Email: sho@srhoffice.com

Article 522. In the event a legal marriage is concluded between the person who committed any of the crimes mentioned in this chapter [including rape, kidnapping and statutory rape], and the victim, prosecution shall be stopped and in case a decision is rendered, the execution of such decision shall be suspended against the person who was subject to it.

Prosecution or the execution of the penalty shall be resumed before the lapse of three years in cases of misdemeanors and five years in cases of felonies, in the event such marriage ends by the divorce of the victim without a legitimate reason or by a divorce which is decided by court in favor of the victim.

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Law explanation: 

Article 522 of Lebanon’s Penal Code stops prosecution or execution of a penalty when the perpetrator of a rape, kidnapping, or statutory rape marries the person he has raped or kidnapped.

Note: 

Article 7 of the Constitution of Lebanon: All Lebanese shall be equal before the law. They shall equally enjoy civil and political rights and shall equally be bound by public obligations and duties without any distinction.

Contact Infomation: 

Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri
Office of the Prime Minister
Riadh El-Solh Square Beirut
LEBANON
Tel:  +961 1 983 030/065
Fax: +961 1 983 022
Email: sho@srhoffice.com

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