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Criminal and penal law
Penal Code Act 2010 (Act No. 6 of 2012).
Legislation on-line, Lesotho Legal Information Institute (LesothoLII) (PDF of Code and Commentaries) (consulted on 2012-11-13)

Lesotho are passing from a legal situation where criminal law was regulated under common law principles based on a Roman-Dutch system to a codified system. Most of the offences in the Code are a restatement of the common law principles applied prior to the Act.

Part I - General Provisions
Part II - General Principles of Criminal Liability
Part III - Offences against the Person
Part IV - Offences against Property
Part V - Offences against Administration and Public Order
Part VI - Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes [includes articles which touch on trafficking and forced labour]
Part VII - Acts of Terrorism and Related Offences
Part VIII - Defamation and Criminal Injuria
Part IX - Offences related to Marriage
Part X - Penalties
Date of entry into force: 2012-03-09

Criminal and penal law
Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Amendment) Act, 2002 (No. 10 of 2002).
Official Gazette, 2002-04-23, Vol. 47, No. 44, pp. 567-570

Amends Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act 1981. Makes provision for power of court to detain, in custody, an accused person who is charged with murder, rape, robbery, stock theft and other serious offences. Also deals with some related matters.

Criminal and penal law
Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Amendment) Act 1998 (Act No. 10 of 1998).
Legislation on-line, Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII) (PDF of Act) (consulted on 2012-11-13)

An Act to amend the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act 1981 so as to vest in the Courts jurisdiction to impose community service sentences as an option to custodial sentences and for related matters.

Criminal and penal law
Basutoland Prisons Proclamation (No. 30 of 1957).
Gazette, 1957, pp. 1281-1297

Inter alia, allows the Court to employ a prisoner, with his consent, for work outside of prison.


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