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Penalties for nuclear-related offences toughened

Published on Jul 7, 2014 7:51 PM

SINGAPORE - Singapore has moved a step closer towards boosting its nuclear security, with the second reading of amendments to the Radiation Protection Bill in Parliament on Monday.

Chief among the proposed changes are: toughening the penalties for stealing or harming the public with nuclear materials. For instance, a person found guilty of committing an act against a nuclear facility with intent to cause death could face death.

Those suspected of nuclear-related offences may also be extradited to or from Singapore to face charges.

The amended Bill also requires government agencies that use irradiating equipment - for example X-ray machines used by the Health Ministry - to be licensed.

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