1.   Short title.

   2.   Interpretation.

   3.   Espionage and sabotage.

   4.   Communication of certain information.

   5.   Protection of classified information.

   6.   Unauthorised use of uniforms, passes, etc.

   7.   Interfering with persons on guard at protected places.

   8.   Possession of offensive weapons or materials.

   9.   [Repealed.]

   10.   Harbouring.

   11.   Attempts, etc.

   12.   Presumptions.

   13.   Search warrants.

   14.   Arrest without warrant.

   15.   Duty to give information as to commission of offences.

   16.   Authority of Director of Public Prosecutions required for prosecution.

   17.   Power to exclude public from court proceedings.

   18.   Production of telegrams.

   19.   Bail.

   20.   Extra-territorial application of Act, and place of trial.

   21.   Liability of officers.

   22.   [Repeal of R.L. Cap. 45.]


An Act to make better provisions relating to state security; to deal with espionage, sabotage and other activities prejudicial to the interests of the United Republic and for other related purposes.

[30th March, 1970]

Acts Nos.
3 of 1970
17 of 1989
32 of 1994
9 of 1996
12 of 1998

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the National Security Act.

2.   Interpretation Acts Nos. 9 of 1996 Sch.; 12 of 1998 Sch.">

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires–

   "authorised officer", in relation to any provision of this Act, means a person authorised by the Minister to exercise the powers or perform the duties conferred or imposed by such provision;

   "classified matter" means any information or thing declared to be classified by an authorised officer, examination papers prepared and administered by the National Examination Council or other institution duly authorised to prepare, distribute and conduct examinations;

   "Defence Forces" has the meaning assigned to it in section 10 of the National Defence Act *;

   "disaffected person" includes any person carrying on a seditious activity, that is to say, an activity constituting an offence under section 56 of the Penal Code *;

   "foreign agent" includes any person who is or has been or is reasonably suspected of being or having been directly or indirectly employed by a state other than the United Republic for the purpose of doing in the United Republic or elsewhere any act prejudicial to the safety or interests of the United Republic, or who has or is reasonably suspected of having done or attempted to do such an act in the United Republic or elsewhere in the interests of a state other than the United Republic;

   "Minister" means the Minister for the time being responsible for national security;

   "model" includes a design, pattern or specimen;

   "munitions of war" means any article, material, or device, including military stores, or any part thereof, whether actual or proposed, intended or adapted for use in war or the defence of the United Republic or capable of being adapted for such use, or any article used, or capable of being used or converted or adapted for use, in the production thereof;

   "necessary service" includes–

   (a)   any service relating to the generation, supply or distribution of electricity;

   (b)   any fire brigade or fire service;

   (c)   any sewerage, rubbish disposal or other sanitation service;

   (d)   any health, hospital or ambulance service;

   (e)   any service relating to the supply or distribution of water;

   (f)   any service relating to the production, supply, delivery or distribution of food or fuel;

   (g)   mining;

   (h)   any communications service;

   (i)   any transport service;

   (j)   any road, railway, bridge, ferry, pontoon, pipeline for the supply of water or fuel, airfield, harbour or dock;

   (k)   any other service or facility, whether or not of a kind similar to the foregoing, declared by the President, by notice published in the Gazette, to be a necessary service for the purposes of this Act;

   "offensive weapon" means any article made or adapted for use for causing or threatening injury to the person, or intended by the person in question for such use, and includes any knife, spear, arrow, stone, axe handle, stick or similar article;

   "officer in charge of police" means a police officer in charge of a police station;

   "official document" includes a passport, any pass of the Defence Forces, any police or other official pass, permit, certificate, licence examination papers prepared and administered by the National Examination Council or other institution duly authorised to prepare, distribute and conduct examination or other similar document;

   "protected place" means–

   (a)   any place or area declared by the President by order published in the Gazette to be a protected place for the purposes of this Act;

   (b)   any area or premises declared to be a "protected area" or "protected place" under the Protected Places and Areas Act *;

   "public office" means an office in the service of the United Republic or any office in the service of any specified authority; and the term "a person holding a public office" includes–

   (a)   a member of the National Assembly;

   (b)   a member of a local government authority;

   (c)   an employee, officer or member (whether or not such officer or member is an employee) of a specified authority;

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