GDN: PRIVATE sector workers caught taking bribes or embezzling money could soon serve up to 10 years in jail.
A government-drafted amendment to the Panel Code was approved by parliament yesterday.
The amendment, which will be now studied by the Shura Council when it resumes in October, covers staff at all levels.
Parliament also approved a new bill regulating out of court settlements for civil, commercial and personal disputes.
MPs accepted Shura's amendments on the bill and it will be referred back to them for a final vote before it is ratified by His Majesty King Hamad.
Meanwhile, parliament chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani ordered parliament's legal consultancy commission sit with Shura consultants to ensure pending legislation is not shelved or referred to the National Assembly.
MPs also approved a bill allowing the transfer of pensions between civil servants, military personnel and private sector workers whenever they switch jobs.
Parliament backed 10 further proposals presented by MPs and referred them to the Cabinet.
One was finding a solution to the problem of free visa expatriates in Hoora and Gudaibiya within six months.