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Malawi Penal Code

Post was last updated: February 22, 2024

Hello everyone, on this page you will download the Malawi Penal Code sometimes also known as Malawi Criminal Code, especially for those people coming from outside of Malawi. We will always update it as soon as anything changes so please feel free to leave a comment or contact us if you have any questions or feedback.

What is the Penal Code About?

Malawi Penal Code is the section of the republic of Malawi that defines crimes and prescribes punishments for those crimes. It is a comprehensive document that covers a wide range of offenses, including murder, theft, assault, and drug trafficking. The Penal Code serves as a guide for law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, and the general public in understanding the criminal law system and the consequences of engaging in criminal activities.

The Penal Code of Malawi was enacted in 1968 and has been amended several times since then. The most recent amendment was made in 2023. The Penal Code is a living document that is constantly being updated to reflect the changing needs of Malawi’s society.

Things you can find in the Malawi Penal Code:

  • It defines crimes, such as murder, theft, assault, and drug trafficking.
  • It prescribes punishments for those crimes, such as imprisonment, fines, and corporal punishment.
  • It sets out the procedures for prosecuting crimes, such as the right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
  • It provides for the rehabilitation of offenders, such as through imprisonment, probation, and community service.

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