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Prevention Of Hostage Taking act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Convention States.

3. Offence of hostage taking.

4. High Court to try offences under this Act.

5. Right of certain person arrested for offence under this Act.

6. Amendment to Extradition Law.

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 of Convention State.

10. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.


41 of 2000.

AN ACT to give effect to the Convention against the Taking of Hostages; and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 9th August, 2000]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Prevention of Hostage Taking Act.

2. Convention States.

The Minister 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. Offence of hostage taking.

(1) Any person who—

(a) seizes or detains; and

(b) threatens to kill, or to injure or to continue to detain, another person (hereinafter referred to as "the hostage”) in order to compel a third party, that is to say,

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