Defence Act 1954

Connivance at desertion.


136.Every person subject to military law—

( a) who, being aware of the desertion or intended desertion of a person, does not without reasonable excuse inform his superior officer forthwith, or

( b) who fails to take any steps in his power to cause the apprehension of a person known by him to be a deserter,

is guilty of an offence against military law and shall, F87 [ where a charge under this section is disposed of summarily under section 177C, 178C or 179C, as the case may be, be liable to suffer any punishment awardable thereunder or, ] on conviction by court-martial, be liable to suffer imprisonment F88 [ for any term not exceeding two years ] or any less punishment awardable by a court-martial.




Inserted (1.09.2008) by Defence (Amendment) Act 2007 (24/2007), s. 21 and sch. 6, S.I. No. 254 of 2008.


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