Forged documents, Cheque dishonor, Bribery, Illegal Employment, Overstay and Bank Loans

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Cheque dishonor may attract a punishment of three months to three years of imprisonment.  

As per Article 357 of the Qatar Penal Code, whoever draws in bad faith a cheque without sufficient funds or who, after giving the cheque withdraws all or part of the funds, so that the remaining balance is insufficient to cover the amount of the cheque, or gives an order to the drawee to stop payment, or deliberately writes or signs the cheque in such a manner as to make it dishonour shall be sentenced to imprisonment or fine or both. 


Accordingly whoever, irrespective personal or representing company, issue / sign a cheque without sufficient balance shall be punished. When cheques are issued on behalf of the company, the case shall be filed against the signatory of the cheque and also against authorised signatory of the Company.

By an order of the prosecutor the signatory shall be prevented from travelling and the case shall be referred to the competent court. There is no legal provision favouring the signatory (though signed the cheque representing the company) to claim discharge from criminal charges.  Moreover under Article 605 of the Commercial Laws, the public prosecution shall publish the names of convicted persons in the official gazette stating their professions, places and sentences in the event of conviction in one of the crimes of the cheque provided for in the Penal Code.

However the criminal case shall terminate if payment is made or assignment is established after commission of the offence and before a final ruling is made in respect thereof. If this occurs after the ruling became final, its enforcement will be seized.

Grant of Power of Attorney

According to Qatar Civil Laws power of attorney / authorisation must be in the form required for the legal act forming the object of the power of attorney. The grant of power of attorney inside Qatar requires authentication of the power of attorney before Qatar Ministry of Justice officials on the prescribed “notarisation” format. However issuing a power of attorney outside Qatar for use inside Qatar requires that the power of attorney be notarised, attested, and consularised to the level of the Qatari Embassy in the country of origin, before it is re-attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar.

Alcohol, Drink and drive

According to Article 270 of the Qatar Penal Laws, anyone who drinks any alcoholic beverages in a public place shall be subject to a penalty of not more than six months and to a fine of not more than three thousand Riyals or to one of these two penalties. The same penalty is imposed on anyone who is found drunk on a main street or anyone who disturbs others due to intoxication.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is punishable by a prison sentence of between one month and three years, a fine of QR 10,000 to QR 50,000 or both. Offenders may also be deported.

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