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CRIMINAL SABOTAGE


Creevey Horrell Lawyers - Criminal Sabotage Article

In the eyes of the law, the sabotage and threatening sabotage are individual criminal acts, liable to terms of either 25 or 14 years of imprisonment, respectively.


What The Law Says


Sabotage

A person who wilfully and unlawfully destroys or damages a public facility with intent to cause —

(a) major disruption to government functions; or (b) major disruption to the use of services by the public; or (c) major economic loss; is guilty of a crime. Maximum penalty—25 years imprisonment.

Sabotage can take many different forms. Incidents of sabotage have become more frequent in recent years with the increase of terrorism and technological advancements.


Threatening Sabotage


(2) A person who threatens to commit sabotage is guilty of a crime.

Maximum penalty—14 years imprisonment.

(3) For subsection (2), a person threatens to commit sabotage if— (a) the person threatens to unlawfully destroy or damage a public facility; and (b) the threat is made with the intention of inducing in someone else a belief that the threat will be carried out; and (c) if the threat were to be carried out, the threatened destruction or damage would be likely to cause— (i) major disruption to government functions; or (ii) major disruption to the use of services by the public; or (iii) major economic loss.


What is a Public Facility?


“Public Facility” could be any place owned by a government entity. It may also be a public infrastructure such as water and sewerage services, public energy and fuel supply, telecommunications systems, roads, and railways.


What Constitutes Threatening Sabotage?


Writing a letter to a government official outlining plans for attack on public facilities may be considered a threat to sabotage, even if the act within the threatening statement did not occur.


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