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FOREIGN SUBVERSIVE ORGANIZATIONS ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1. Short title.
2. Penalty for acts against other states.
AN ACT to make provision for the punishment of certain acts hostile to other states or
[Date of commencement: 20th September, 1963.] 1 Short title
This Act may be cited as the Foreign Subve rsive Organizations Act [Chapter 11:05].
2 Penalty for acts against other states
(1) In this section—
“office-bearer”, in relation to any group or body, means member of the governing body
(a) the group or body; or
(b) any branch, section or co mmittee of the group or body; or
(c) any local, regional or subsidiary group or body forming part of such first-
mentioned group or body;
“officer”, in relation to any group or body, means any person working for the group or
body or for any branch, section or committee, or for any local, regional or subsidiary
group or body forming part of su ch first-mentioned group or body;
“state” means any state or territory which the President has, by statutory instrument,
declared to be a state for the purposes of this section;
“unlawful” in relation to any state or territory, means any proc ess which is contrary to the
law in force in that state or territory.
(2) Any person who organizes or sets up or helps to organize or set up, or advocates,
urges or suggests the organization or setti ng up of, any group or body with a view to that
group or body—
(a) overthrowing or taking over the government of any state by unlawful
means or usurping the functions of such government; or
(b) conducting a campaign or assistin g any campaign against the lawfully
established government of any state with a view to securing any of the objects or
purposes described in paragraph (a);
and any person who is or becomes an office-b earer or officer of any such body or group,
shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a period not exceeding five
Provided that no criminal proceedings shall be instituted against any person under this
subsection in respect of his being or having been, during a period of fourteen days from
the date upon which this section became appli cable to or in respect of any such group or
body, an office-bearer or officer of such group or body.
(3) The President may, by statutory instrument, revoke any declarat ion of a state or
territory to be a state for the purposes of this section and th ereupon such state or territory
shall cease to be a state for those purposes.