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New maritime offences created

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/07/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Parliament has passed the first reading of a bill that creates new maritime offences which implement New Zealand's international obligations.</span> © NZ Defence Force /CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons Parliament has passed the first reading of a bill that creates new maritime offences which implement New Zealand's international obligations. New maritime offences are being created to implement New Zealand's obligations under international treaties.

They're in the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, which passed its first reading in parliament on Tuesday.

The bill introduces new offences covering:

* Maritime terrorism

* The illicit trafficking by ship of weapons of mass destruction

* The transportation of fugitives by ship.

The bill also introduced a new maritime boarding regime.

It passed its first reading unanimously and has been sent to a select committee for public submissions.

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