On October 4, assembly members Geraldine Weber and Luis Almeida, from the Social Christian Party (PSC) caucus, presented a draft amendment to the Comprehensive Organic Criminal Code (COIP) to classify the crimes of extortion with death threats and murder with extortion.
The reform proposal has 19 supporting signatures. What it proposes are sentences of 10 to 12 years of imprisonment for extortion with death threats and 22 to 26 years for murder by extortion.
The text introduces two changes to article 185 of the COIP. The first defines the extortion with death threat such as that carried out by someone who, under threat of death to a person or a family member, forces the extorted person to provide him with an economic benefit or of any other kind; This person will be sanctioned with a custodial sentence of 10 to 12 years, added the corresponding penalties for the crimes of intimidation and harassment provided for in that code.
The second reform defines the murder by extortion and prescribes its sanction: yes, as a consequence of an extortion with death threat, a person is murdered, the perpetrator will receive a custodial sentence of 22 to 26 years, added the corresponding penalties for the crimes provided for in the previous article.
The project presented will pass to the attention of the presidency of the Assembly and, later, to the Council of Legislative Administration (CAL) for its qualification. (YO)