Guinea-Bissau Piracy Law

Guinea-Bissau's court system is adopted from the Portuguese colonial system, which utilizes a combination of civil law and local customary law. Guinea-Bissau does not possess any domestic legislation specifically addressing piracy or armed robbery at sea. Article 6 of its Penal Code does extend criminal jurisdiction to acts committed on Guinea-Bissau flagged vessels. Further, Articles 7 and 8 the Penal Code criminalize hostage-taking or hijacking of a vessel, but for the courts to permissibly exercise jurisdiction, the perpetrator must be of Guinea-Bissau nationality and be arrested within Guinea-Bissau's territory.

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