Defence Act 1954

Offences related to prisoners of war.


127.Every person subject to military law—

( a) who, by want of due precaution, or through disobedience of orders or wilful neglect of duty, is taken prisoner, or

( b) who, having been taken prisoner, fails to rejoin the Defence Forces when able to do so, or

( c) who, having been made a prisoner of war, serves with or aids the enemy,

is guilty of an offence against military law, and shall, on conviction by court-martial, in case he served with or aided the enemy, be liable to suffer F71 [ imprisonment for life ] or any less punishment awardable by a court-martial and, in any other case, be liable to suffer F72 [ imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years ] or any less punishment awardable by a court-martial.




Substituted (11.07.1990) by Criminal Justice Act 1990 (16/1990), s. 7 and sch. 1, para. 4(d), commenced on enactment.


Substituted (22.07.1997) by Criminal Law Act 1997 (14/1997), s. 14 and sch. 2, para. 5, commenced as per s. 1.