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The United Nations Development Programme and the Government of the Maldives commissioned the drafting of a penal code based upon existing Maldivian law, which meant primarily a codification of Shari'a. This is the Final Report of that codification project. A description of the process that produced this Report and the drafting principles behind it, as well as a discussion of the special challenges of codifying Islamic criminal law, are contained in an article at


Islamic criminal law, Shari'a, United Nations Development Program, Republic of the Maldives, sentencing guidelines, international norms, Muslim, criminal code drafting, criminal law and procedure, criminal offenses