The Criminal Procedures Law number (9) of 1961

Chapter One
Preliminary provisions
Public Prosecution and civil Action
Article 1:
This law shall be called the “Criminal Procedures Law of 1961” and shall come into force within one
month of its publication in the Official Gazette.

Article 2:
1. The public prosecution shall have the power to start and exercise the prosecution of crimes. The
initiation of the criminal proceedings shall only be done by the public prosecution and any other
body which is given such power according to the law.
2. The public prosecution is obligated to initiate the criminal proceedings if the injured party acted
as the plaintiff in a civil action according to the conditions stated in the law.
3. The criminal proceedings which were initiated by the public prosecution shall not be abandoned
or halted unless such halt or abandonment is done according to the conditions stipulated in the

Article 3:
1. In all instances where the law requires the presence of a complaint or a civil action by the victim
or anyone else in order to initiate the criminal proceedings, no action shall be taken in the case
unless such complaint or civil action had already taken place.
2. If the victim of the crime is below the age of fifteen or he/she is mentally impaired the complaint
shall be submitted by his/her legal guardian. If the crime is committed against the property of
such person then the complaint shall be submitted by the custodian or the protector of such
3. If the interest of the victim contradicts with the interest of his/her representative or he/she has
no one to represent him/her, is such case the public prosecution shall be such person’s
4. If the victim was a body or an institution then the complaint of the civil action can be done by the
body or the head of such institution through a written request.

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