Piracy ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

ADMINISTRATION

2. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority to monitor measures to suppress piracy.

PART II

OFFENCES

3. Piracy.

4. Taking of property from ship.

5. Boarding a ship without lawful authority.

6. Retention possession, transportation of pirated ship and property.

7. Attempts.

8. Use of force or intimidation while committing an offence.

9. Use of a weapon while committing an offence.

10. Causing hurt while committing an offence.

11. Forfeiture.

PART III

INVESTIGATION OF OFFENCE

12. Offences under this Act to be cognizable and non-bailable.

13. Authorised officer to be deemed peace officer.

14. Criminal Procedure Code to apply.

15. Powers of an authorised officer.

PART IV

TRIAL OF OFFENCES

16. Jurisdiction of High Court to try offences under this Act.

17. Power of Attorney-General to indict.

18. Evidence.

PART V

GENERAL

19. Obstructing authorised officers.

20. Protection of authorised officers.

21. Regulations.

22. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

23. Interpretation.

9 of 2001.

AN ACT to provide for the suppression of piracy in Sri Lanka, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 9th August, 2001]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Piracy Act.

PART I

ADMINISTRATION

2. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority to monitor measures to suppress piracy.

(1) The Sri Lanka Ports Authority in consultation with the Director of Merchant Shipping shall be responsible for coordinating all measures for the suppression of piracy in Sri Lanka and for monitoring the implementation of such measures.

(2) It shall be the duty of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to gather, collate and disseminate information relating to piracy, in Sri Lanka and outside Sri Lanka and to provide such assistance as may be necessary for the implementation of measures for the suppression of piracy.

PART II

OFFENCES

3. Piracy.

Any person who dishonestly takes or appropriates any ship, by means of theft, force, intimidation, deception, fraud or by other similar means, shall be guilty of the offence of piracy and shall on conviction be punished, subject to the provisions of sections 8, 9 and 10 of this Act with imprisonment of either description for a term not less than five years and not exceeding ten years and shall also be liable to a fine not less than one million rupees and not exceeding ten million rupees or of an amount equal to the value of the ship in respect of which the offence is committed, whichever is the greater.

4. Taking of property from ship.

Any person who dishonestly takes or appropriates any property from any ship, by means of theft, force, intimidation, deception, fraud or other similar means shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction be liable, subject to the provision of sections 8, 9 and 10 of this Act, to imprisonment of either description for a term not less than three years and not exceeding seven years and to a fine not less than one million rupees and not exceeding five million rupees or of an amount equal to the value of the property in respect of which the offence is committed, whichever is the greater.

5. Boarding a ship without lawful authority.

Any person who without due permission of the captain, master or person in charge of a ship or without lawful authority, enters or boards any ship, while at sea or while berthed at a port or harbour or on the sea-front, shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction be liable, subject to the provisions, of sections 8, 9, and 10 of this Act, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years and to a fine.

6. Retention possession, transportation of pirated ship and property.

Any person who dishonestly commandeers, receives, retains or transports any ship or property taken or appropriated by the commission of an offence under section 3 or section 4 of this Act, shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction be liable, subject to the provisions of sections 8, 9 and 10 of this Act, to imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding three years and to a fine not exceeding one million rupees or the value of the property in respect of which the offence is committed, whichever is the greater.

7. Attempts.

(1) Any person who attempts to commit an offence under section 3 or 4 of this Act or who aids or abets the commission of such offence shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction be liable, subject to the provisions of sections 8, 9 and 10 of this Act, to imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding five years and to a fine not exceeding two million rupees.

(2) Any person who attempts to commit an offence under section 5 or 6 of this Act shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction be liable, subject to the provisions of sections 8, 9 and 10 of this Act, to imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding one year and to a fine.

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