Mercenary Activities (Prohibition) Act 2004

Reprint as at 1 July 2013

Mercenary Activities (Prohibition) Act 2004

Public Act2004 No 69
Date of assent6 July 2004
Commencementsee section 2


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


1 Title

Part 1
Preliminary provisions

2 Commencement

3 Purpose

4 Interpretation

5 Mercenary defined

6 Act binds the Crown

Part 2
Mercenary activities

Recruiting, using, financing, and training of mercenary

7 Recruiting person to be mercenary

8 Using mercenary

9 Financing mercenary

10 Training prospective mercenary

11 Training mercenary

Mercenary taking part in hostilities or concerted act of violence

12 Mercenary taking part in hostilities or concerted act of violence

Extraterritorial jurisdiction

13 Extraterritorial jurisdiction

Part 3
Miscellaneous provisions

Evidence that States are, or are not, Parties to Mercenaries Convention

14 Certificate as to States Parties under Mercenaries Convention

Investigation and prosecution of offences against Act or referred to in Mercenaries Convention

15 Application of sections 16 and 17

16 Attorney-General to notify relevant States Parties of measures taken to ensure person’s presence

17 Attorney-General to indicate to relevant States Parties whether New Zealand to exercise jurisdiction

18 Rights of certain persons taken into custody to communicate with representative of State

19 Attorney-General’s consent to prosecutions required

20 Attorney-General to communicate outcome of prosecution


21 Offences deemed to be included in extradition treaties

Amendment to Extradition Act 1999

22 Amendment to Extradition Act 1999

Amendment to Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1992

23 Schedule of Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1992 amended to refer to Mercenaries Convention

International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries

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