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Space Industry Act 2018

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51Application of criminal law to spacecraft etc

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(1)Any act or omission which—

(a)occurs outside the United Kingdom on board a spacecraft or carrier aircraft launched in the United Kingdom, and

(b)would constitute an offence under the law in force in (or in a particular part of) the United Kingdom if it occurred in the United Kingdom (or in that part of it),

constitutes that offence.

(2)Proceedings for an offence may be instituted in reliance on subsection (1)

(a)in England and Wales, only by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions;

(b)in Northern Ireland, only by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.

(3)Subsection (2) does not apply to an offence under this Act or under regulations made under this Act.

(4)For the purpose of conferring jurisdiction—

(a)an offence that is treated as committed by virtue of subsection (1), or

(b)an offence under Schedule 4,

is treated as having been committed in any place in the United Kingdom (or in the relevant part of the United Kingdom) where the offender is for the time being.

(5)Subsection (4) does not affect any jurisdiction exercisable apart from that subsection.

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