Qatar: Stiff penalties for dodging conscription

Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani on 11 March signed into law the National Service Act, which will require Qatari males between the ages of 18 and 35 to spend three or four months training with the armed forces. Law number 5 of 2014 outlined harsh penalties for anyone seeking to avoid national service. According to The Peninsula newspaper, citizens dodging conscription will not be eligible for jobs in the government or non-government sector, and will not be able to get a licence to do business, or to register on the jobseekers list. Those who present fake documents or have someone else attend their medical check-up will face a jail term of between one month and one year and/or a fine of up to QR20,000 ($5,500).
Issue 966, 25 March 2014. Read more

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