Law: Jurisdiction

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Sharkey Lord Sharkey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances the taking up of arms abroad by a British subject does or does not expose that person to prosecution under United Kingdom law.

Photo of Lord Faulks Lord Faulks The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

In order for prosecution to be possible, the conduct involved will need to amount to an offence if committed in the UK and the courts will require jurisdiction to hear the case. There are a number of offences which could be justiciable in England and Wales arising from a British subject taking up arms overseas. These offences include murder, treason, torture and terrorist offences.

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