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Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984

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5 Operation of warrant and retaking prisoners.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Where a warrant has been issued under this Act the following provisions of this section shall have effect for the purposes of the warrant, except (without prejudice to section 3(4) above or any enactment contained otherwise than in this Act) in relation to any time when the prisoner is required to be detained in accordance with provisions contained in the warrant by virtue of section 3(1)(c) above.

(2)The prisoner shall be deemed to be in the legal custody of the [F1relevant Minister] at any time when, being in the United Kingdom or on board a British ship, a British aircraft or a British hovercraft, he is being taken under the warrant to or from any place, or being kept in custody under the warrant.

(3)The [F1relevant Minister] may, from time to time, designate any person as a person who is for the time being authorised for the purposes of the warrant to take the prisoner to or from any place under the warrant, or to keep the prisoner in custody under the warrant.

(4)A person authorised by or for the purposes of the warrant to take the prisoner to or from any place or to keep the prisoner in custody shall have all the powers, authority, protection and privileges—

(a)of a constable in any part of the United Kingdom in which that person is for the time being; or

(b)if he is outside the United Kingdom, of a constable in the part of the United Kingdom to or from which the prisoner is to be taken under the warrant.

(5)If the prisoner escapes or is unlawfully at large, he may be arrested without warrant by a constable and taken to any place to which he may be taken under the warrant under this Act.

(6)In subsection (2) above—

  • British aircraft” means a British-controlled aircraft within the meaning of section 92 of the M1Civil Aviation Act 1982 (application of criminal law to aircraft), or one of Her Majesty’s aircraft;

  • British hovercraft” means a British-controlled hovercraft within the meaning of the said section 92 as applied in relation to hovercraft by virtue of provision made under the M2Hovercraft Act 1968, or one of Her Majesty’s hovercraft; and

  • British ship” means a British ship within the meaning of the [F2M3Merchant Shipping Act 1995], or one of Her Majesty’s ships;

and in this subsection reference to Her Majesty’s aircraft, hovercraft or ships are references to the aircraft, hovercraft or, as the case may be, ships which belong to, or are exclusively employed in the service of, Her Majesty in right of the government of the United Kingdom.

(7)In subsection (5) above “constable”, in relation to any part of the United Kingdom, means any person who is a constable in that or any other part of the United Kingdom or any person who, at the place in question has, under any enactment (including subsection (4) above), the powers of a constable in that or any other part of the United Kingdom.

[F3(8)In this section “relevant Minister” means–

(a)the Scottish Ministers where the warrant provides for the transfer of a prisoner to or from Scotland; and

(b)the Secretary of State in any other case.]

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F2S. 5(6): words in definition of “British ship”substituted (1.1.1996) by 1995 c. 21, ss. 314(2), 316(2), Sch. 13 para. 73 (with s. 312(1))

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Ss. 1-8: certain functions made exercisable in or as regards Scotland (30.6.1999) by S.I. 1999/1748, arts. 4(1), 8(1), Sch. 2 para. 1(1)-(10)

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