Uzbekistan sets stiff punishment for illegal use of drones

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-03 21:30:45|Editor: xuxin
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TASHKENT, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Anyone who imports, sells or uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) could be sent to 10 years in prison in Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Justice said Friday.

The new amendments to the country's criminal code, signed by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, will come into effect in six months, the ministry said.

The import and use of drones was banned in Uzbekistan in 2015 but later allowed under certain circumstances, such as for agriculture and mapping purposes.

In May 2018 the Uzbek government allowed foreign TV crews to temporarily import drones to shoot photographic and video materials for tourism purposes.