Protection of Aircraft Act 1973 (Overseas Territories) Order 1973

Chapter number: 
186
In force: 
Yes

 

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LAWS OF SEYCHELLES

CHAPTER 186

 

SI. 35 of 1974

PROTECTION OF AIRCRAFT ACT 1973 (OVERSEAS TERRITORIES) ORDER, 1973

[24th November, 1973]

 

1.      This Order may be cited as the Protection of Aircraft Act 1973 (Overseas Territories) Order 1973.

2.      The Interpretation Act 1889 of the United Kingdom shall apply, with the necessary adaptations, for the purpose of interpreting this Order, and otherwise in relation thereto, as it applies for the purpose of interpreting, and in relation to, Acts of Parliament.

3.      Provisions of Part I and sections 19 and 26 of the Protection of Aircraft Act 1973 of the United Kingdom modified and adapted as in the Schedule hereto, shall extend to Seychelles.

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SCHEDULE                       Article 3

PART I AND SECTIONS 19 AND 26 OF THE PROTECTION OF AIRCRAFT ACT 1973 AS EXTENDED TO SEYCHELLES

1.      (1)     It shall, subject to subsection (4) of this section, be an offence for any person unlawfully and intentionally -

(a)     to destroy an aircraft in service or so to damage such an aircraft as to render it incapable of flight or as to be likely to endanger its safety in flight, or

(b)     to commit on board an aircraft in flight any act of violence which is likely to endanger the safety of the aircraft.

(2)     It shall also, subject to subsection (4) of this section, be an offence for any person unlawfully and intentionally to place, or cause to be placed, on an aircraft in service any device or substance which is likely to destroy the aircraft, or is likely so to damage it as to render it incapable of flight or as to be likely to endanger its safety in flight; but nothing in this subsection shall be construed as limiting the circumstances in which the commission of any act-

(a)     may constitute an offence under the preceding subsection, or

(b)     may constitute attempting or conspiring to commit, or aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of such an offence.

(3)     Except as provided by the next following subsection, subsections (1) and (2) of this section apply whether any such act as is therein mentioned is committed in Seychelles or elsewhere, whatever the nationality of the person committing the act and whatever the State in which the aircraft is registered.

(4)     Subsections (1) and (2) of this section do not apply to any act committed in relation to an aircraft used in military, customs or police service unless -

(a)     the act is committed in Seychelles, or

(b)     where the act is committed outside Seychelles the person committing it is a person to whom the next following subsection applies.

(5)     This subsection applies to any person who is a citizen of Seychelles.

(6)     In this Part of this Act "unlawfully" -

(a)     in relation to the commission of an act in Seychelles means so as (apart from this Act) to constitute an offence under the law of Seychelles; and

(b)     in relation to the commission of an act outside Seychelles, means so that the commission of the act would (apart from this Act) have been an offence under the law of Seychelles if it had been committed in Seychelles.

(7)     In this section "act of violence" means -

(a)     any act done in Seychelles which constitutes the offence of murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, culpable homicide or assault or an offence under section 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 or 29 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 of the United Kingdom or under section 2 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 of the United Kingdom, and

(b)     any act done outside Seychelles which, if done in Seychelles, would constitute such an offence as is mentioned in the preceding paragraph.

(8)     For the purposes only of this section the said sections of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 of the United Kingdom and of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 of the United Kingdom, if not already in force in Seychelles, shall be deemed to be in force in Seychelles as they are in force in England.

2.      (1)     It shall, subject to subsections (4) and (5) of this section, be an offence for any person unlawfully and intentionally to destroy or damage any property to which this subsection applies, or to interfere with the operation of any such property, where the destruction, damage or interference is likely to endanger the safety of aircraft in flight.

(2)     The preceding subsection applies to any property used for the provision of air navigation facilities, including any land, building or ship so used, and including any apparatus or equipment so used, whether it is on board an aircraft or elsewhere.

(3)     It shall also, subject to subsections (4) and (5) of this section, be an offence for any person intentionally to communicate any information which is false, misleading or deceptive in a material particular, where the communication of the information endangers the safety of an aircraft in flight or is likely to endanger the safety of aircraft in flight.

(4)     It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (3) of this section to prove -

(a)     that he believed, and had reasonable grounds for believing, that the information was true, or

(b)     that, when he communicated the information, he was lawfully employed to perform duties which consisted of or included the communication of information and that he communicated the information in good faith in the performance of those duties.

(5)     Subsections (1) and (3) of this section do not apply to the commission of any act unless either the act is committed in Seychelles, or, where it is committed outside Seychelles -

(a)     the person committing it is a person to whom section 1(5) of this Act applies, or

(b)     the commission of the act endangers or is likely to endanger the safety in flight of a civil aircraft registered in Seychelles or chartered by demise to a lessee whose principal place of business, or (if he has no place of business) whose permanent residence, is in Seychelles, or

(c)     the act is committed on board a civil aircraft which is so registered or so chartered, or

(d)     the act is committed on board a civil aircraft which lands in Seychelles with the person who committed the act still on board.

(6)     Subsection (1) of this section also does not apply to any act committed outside Seychelles and so committed in relation to property which is situated outside Seychelles and is not used for the provision of air navigation facilities in connection with international air navigation, unless the person committing the act is a person to whom section 1(5) of this Act applies.

(7)     In this section "civil aircraft" means any aircraft other than an aircraft used in military, customs or police service.

3.      (1)     It shall be an offence for any person in Seychelles to induce or assist the commission outside Seychelles of any act which -

(a)     would, but for subsection (4) of section 1 of this Act, be an offence under that section, or

(b)     would, but for subsection (5) or subsection (6) of section 2 of this Act, be an offence under that section.

(2)     The preceding subsection shall have effect without preju- dice to the operation, in relation to any offence under section 1 or section 2 of this Act, of any enactment or rule of law relating to accessories or abettors.

4.      (1)     Any person who commits an offence under this Part of this Act shall be liable, on conviction to imprisonment for life.

(2)     Proceedings for an offence under this Part of this Act shall not be instituted in Seychelles except by, or with the consent of the Attorney-General but the preceding provisions of this subsection shall not prevent the arrest, or the issue of a warrant for the arrest, of any person in respect of any offence, or the remanding in custody or on bail of any person charged with any offence.

(3)     In this section the expression "Attorney-General" includes the Solicitor-General, and if neither of such offices exists, the expression means that officer whose functions include the general control of public prosecutions.

19.    (1)     Where a constable has reasonable cause to suspect that a person about to embark on an aircraft in Seychelles, or a person on board such an aircraft, intends to commit, in relation to the aircraft, an offence under Part I of this Act or underthe Hijacking Act 1971 (Overseas Territories) Order 1971, the constable may prohibit him from travelling on board the aircraft; and for the purpose of enforcing that prohibition the constable -

(a)     may prevent him from embarking on the aircraft or, as the case may be, may remove him from the aircraft, and

(b)     may arrest him without warrant and detain him for so long as may be necessary for that purpose.

26.    (1)     In this Act, except in so far as the context otherwise requires, the following expressions have the meanings hereby assigned to them, that is to say -

"article" includes any substance, whether in solid or liquid form or in the form of a gas or vapour;

"constable" includes any member of the police force of Seychelles and any other person having the powers and privileges of a constable;

"military service" includes naval and air force service.

(3)     For the purpose of this Act -

(a)     the period during which an aircraft is in flight shall be deemed to include any period from the moment when all its external doors are closed following embarkation until the moment when any such door is opened for disembarkation, and in the case of a forced landing, any period until the competent authorities take over responsibility for the aircraft and for persons and property on board; and

(b)     an aircraft shall be taken to be in service during the whole of the period which begins with the pre- flight preparation of the aircraft for a flight and ends twenty-four hours after the aircraft lands having completed that flight, and also at any time (not falling within that period) while, in accor- dance with the preceding paragraph, the aircraft is in flight.

(7)     Subject to section 33 of the Interpretation Act 1889 of the United Kingdom (which relates to offences under two or more laws), sections 1 to 3 of this Act shall not be construed as -

(a)     conferring a right of action in any civil proceedings in respect of any contravention of this Act, or

(b)     derogating from any right of action or other remedy (whether civil or criminal) in proceedings instituted otherwise than under this Act.

(8)     Except in so far as the context otherwise requires, any reference in this Act to an enactment or instrument shall be construed as a reference to that enactment or instrument as replaced, amended or extended by or under any other enactment or instrument, including this Act.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

This Order gives effect to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation signed at Montreal on 23rd September, 1971 (Cmnd. 4822)