Pregnant Criminal

Question 3: A lady asks: My friend is charged in a criminal case punishable by imprisonment. At present, she is being under investigation by prosecutors. The investigation is in the final stages, and the case may be forwarded to the Criminal Court next week, as told to her by the prosecutor. My friend is seven months pregnant. If she gets sentenced to jail, what will happen to her? Where will she deliver the baby, in prison or in the hospital?

Answer 3: I would like to advise the questioner’s friend that if the case has been forwarded to the court, she may apply to have the sentence delayed in case she is convicted, in accordance with the article 295 of the UAE’S Criminal Procedures Law which states: “If the convict who has been sentenced with imprisonment was pregnant, it is permitted to delay the execution [of the jail term], till she gives birth to her child, as well [after] three months”. The court may respond to such an application.

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