ICAO: Tokyo Convention amended by new Protocol

On 4 April 2014, an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) conference in Montreal adopted a Protocol to amend theConvention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed On Board Aircraft 1963(Tokyo Convention). The Protocol will come into force when 22 member states ratify the instrument. The Protocol expands the jurisdiction over offences and acts committed on board aircraft from the State of Registration of the aircraft to the State of the Operator (where the offence is committed on an aircraft leased without crew to a lessee whose principal place of business is, or who permanently resides, in that State), and the State of Landing (where the aircraft has its last point of take-off or next point of intended landing within its territory and the aircraft subsequently lands in its territory with the alleged offender still on board). Where the State of Registration, the State of the Operator, or the State of Landing has become aware that one or more of the other states are conducting an investigation, prosecution or judicial proceeding in respect of the same offence or act, that state will consult the other states with a view to coordinating their actions.Source: ICAO news release of April 7, 2014Find full text of Montreal Protocol here>>.

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