Provisions and penalties

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 July, 2002, 12:00am

A terrorist act is defined as: an action or threat to cause serious violence, disrupt public services, compel the government to advance political, ideological or religious causes.

The chief executive can specify persons or groups listed by the UN as terrorists, or name people as terrorists subject to court approval.

The secretary for security can freeze terrorist funds for up to two years.

It is a criminal offence to provide funds, financial services or weapons to suspected terrorists. The maximum jail terms is 14 years.

It is a criminal offence to recruit or work in any capacity for terrorists listed by the UN. Both carry maximum seven-year jail terms.

It is a criminal offence to raise false alarms of terrorist attacks with an intention to cause alarm to the public. It has a maximum jail term of seven years.

Failure to report property suspected to be owned by terrorists can lead to a maximum of three months' jail. The courts may order terrorist property forfeited if the secretary for security's application is approved.

The law allows persons who have their funds seized to use part of the funds for living and legal expenses, and pay workers under the Employment Ordinance.

The law allows compensation to persons cleared by courts for being wrongly branded terrorists if it is proved that the government has committed a serious mistake.