SUPPRESSION OF UNLAWFUL ACTS AGAINST THE SAFETY OF MARITIME NAVIGATION ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Convention states.

3. Offences.

4. High Court to try offences under this Act.

5. Rights of certain persons arrested for offences under this Act.

6. Amendment to the Extradition Law, No. 8 of 1977.

7. Existing extradition arrangements with convention States deemed to provide for offences in the Schedule.

8. Minister may treat Convention as an extradition arrangement between Sri Lanka and certain convention States in respect of offences in the Schedule.

9. Assistance to Convention State.

10. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

11. Interpretation.

42 of 2000.

AN ACT to give effect to the convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety or Maritime Navigation; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 9th August, 2000]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation Act and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister, by Order published in the Gazette, certifies as the date on which the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation adopted in Rome on March 10, 1988, (hereinafter referred to as "the Convention'') enters into force in respect of Sri Lanka.

2. Convention states.

The Minster may, from time to time, by Order published in the Gazette, certify the States which are parties to the Convention. A State in respect of which an Order is made under this section is hereinafter referred to as "a Convention State”.

3. Offences.

(1) Any person who, unlawfully and intentionally—

(a) seizes, or exercises control over, a ship, by force or threat of force or by any other form of intimidation;

(b) commits an act of violence against a person on board a ship, which act is likely to endanger the safe navigation of such ship;

(c) destroys, or causes damage to, a ship or its cargo so as to endanger, or to be likely to endanger, the safe navigation of such ship;

(d) places or causes to be placed, in any manner whatsoever, a device or substance which is likely to destroy or cause damage to a ship or its cargo and so as to endanger, or to be likely to endanger, the safe navigation of such ship;

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