DOHA: Qatar is preparing to pass a new law that would confer judicial powers on customs officials.
The legislation would automatically give all customs officials on duty the power to act immediately against violations.
Under current rules, customs officials must be singled out and armed with judicial powers with special permission from the higher-ups on a case-by-case basis.
The draft law was unanimously approved by Qatar’s Advisory Council at its weekly session on Monday, reported The Peninsula Qatar newspaper.
It contains amendments to three articles of Law No 40 of 2002 regulating customs and its levy.