The Bahrain parliament will discuss tomorrow a draft law recommending strict penalty for the use of Molotov cocktail, Khaleej Times reported.
The government referred the draft law to parliament last year and it has been with the parliamentary panel concerned since then, but MPs have decided to speed up its deliberations after the death of a policeman in Wednesday's clashes with rioters.
The Legal Affairs Directorate affiliated to the cabinet has drafted the legislation to criminalise the usage, manufacturing or possessing of Molotov cocktail.
The draft law was referred to parliament as the government feels the current panel code law lacked clauses to tackle the negative aspects of using Molotov cocktail or other handmade explosive products.
Before the incident, some MPs opposed the draft law, especially those from Al Wefaq Shia bloc who maintain that the law could be used against people who store raw materials of the Molotov cocktail at their home for domestic use.
However, the interior ministry assured them that keeping such products for domestic use would not be made a crime.
The bill is expected to be passed this week as all blocs have condemned the killing of the policeman and called for measures to restore peace and security in Bahrain.
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