Saturday 24 August 2019

Domestic violence abroad to be prosecuted here

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Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

A new law criminalising serious offences - including rape and murder - committed abroad by Irish citizens will come into effect today, further bolstering protections for women suffering domestic violence.

Under the Criminal Law (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) Act 2019, citizens who commit specific offences abroad will be liable to be prosecuted under Irish law.

Among the offences listed under the new legislation are murder, manslaughter, rape, sexual assault, harassment, coercion and threats to kill, as well as assault causing harm or serious harm.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said: "We are steadfast in our efforts to combat violence against women and all forms of domestic violence.

"This act enables Ireland to effectively tackle these serious crimes at home and abroad."

Mr Flanagan said the passing of the law would enable Ireland to ratify the Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women and domestic violence. The act was signed into law by President Michael D Higgins on International Women's Day.

Irish Independent

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