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Armed Forces Act 1971

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52Countries for serving of naval sentences of imprisonment and detention

(1)The following provision (being one corresponding to section 127 of the Army Act 1955 and section 127 of the Air Force Act 1955) shall be inserted in the Naval Discipline Act 1957 after section 82:— Country for service of sentence.

82A(1)A person serving in the United Kingdom a sentence of imprisonment or detention awarded under this Act may (in so far as may be specified by or under Naval Detention Quarters Rules) be removed out of the United Kingdom to, but only to—

(a)any colony in which he was entered for service in the Royal Navy, or

(b)any place outside the United Kingdom where the ship or naval establishment to which he for the time being belongs is situated.

(2)Subject to the following provisions of this section, a person sentenced by a court-martial held outside the United Kingdom to imprisonment or detention for a term exceeding twelve months shall as soon as practicable be removed to the United Kingdom.

(3)Subsection (2) above shall not apply in relation to any person belonging to a class of persons specified by or under Naval Detention Quarters Rules as persons whose removal to the United Kingdom would, for reasons of climate, place of birth or place of entry in the Royal Navy, or for any other reason, not be beneficial.

(4)Where a person has been sentenced by a court-martial held outside the United Kingdom. to imprisonment or detention for a term exceeding twelve months, the Defence Council may, notwithstanding anything in subsection (2) above, direct that he shall not be required to be removed to the United Kingdom until he has served such part of his sentence, not exceeding two years, as may be specified in the direction ; and in determining whether or not to exercise the power conferred by this subsection, the Defence Council shall have regard to any recommendation in that behalf made by the court-martial.

(5)Any direction under subsection (4) above may at any time be revoked by the Defence Council or superseded by a subsequent direction thereunder.

(6)In ascertaining at any time for the purposes of this section the nature or length of any sentence, regard shall be had to any commutation or remission of the sentence previously directed.

(2)Section 125(2) of the Naval Discipline Act 1957 (under which, except in the provisions there specified, references in that Act to the United Kingdom include references to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) shall be amended by substituting for the words

section eighty

the words " sections 80 and 82A", and by adding at the end the words

and in the said section 82A, the reference to a colony shall be construed as including a reference to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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