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Armed Forces Act 2006

Section 3: Obstructing operations

48.Under this section a person subject to service law is guilty of an offence if he

  • intentionally or recklessly puts an operation of HM Forces at risk, or

  • intentionally delays or discourages such an operation.

49.There may be a good military reason for delaying, or even for discouraging, an operation, for example because of likely adverse weather conditions or expected enemy strength. Accordingly such conduct is only an offence if there is no lawful excuse.

50.If an offence under this section relates to an action or operation against an enemy, the maximum penalty is life imprisonment; otherwise the maximum penalty is ten years’ imprisonment.

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