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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

98 STAT. 2186

PUBLIC LAW 98-473—OCT. 12, 1984 (2) by striking out "$20" in paragraph (1) and inserting in lieu thereof "$40"; (3) by striking out ", or such other hourly rate, fixed by the Judicial Council of the Circuit, not to exceed the minimum hourly scale established by a bar association for similar services rendered in the district" in paragraph (1); (4) by striking out "$1,000" each place it appears in paragraph (2) and inserting in lieu thereof "$2,000"; (5) by striking out "$400" in paragraph (2) and inserting in lieu thereof "$800"; and (6) by striking out "$250" in paragraph (2) and inserting in lieu thereof "$500". CHAPTER XX—TERRORISM

Act for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Hostage-Taking. 18 USC 1201 note. 18 USC 1203

PART A—HOSTAGE TAKING

SEC. 2001. This part may be cited as the "Act for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Hostage-Taking". SEC. 2002. (a) Chapter 55 of title 18 of the United States Code is amended by adding at the end the following new section: "§ 1203. Hostage taking "(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, whoever, whether inside or outside the United States, seizes or detains and threatens to kill, to injure, or to continue to detain another person in order to compel a third person or a governmental organization to do or abstain from doing any act as an explicit or implicit condition for the release of the person detained, or attempts to do so, shall be punished by imprisonment for any term of years or for life. "OaXD It is not an offense under this section if the conduct required for the offense occurred outside the United States unless— "(A) the offender or the person seized or detained is a national of the United States; "(B) the offender is found in the United States; or "(C) the governmental organization sought to be compelled is the Government of the United States. "(2) It is not an offense under this section if the conduct required for the offense occurred inside the United States, each alleged offender and each person seized or detained are nationals of the United States, and each alleged offender is found in the United States, unless the governmental organization sought to be compelled is the Government of the United States. "(CJ) As used in this section, the term 'national of the United States' has the meaning given such term in section 101(a)(22) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(22)).". (b) The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 55 of title 18 of the United States Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item: "1203. Hostage taking.".

Effective date. 18 USC 1203 note.

Sec. 2003. This part and the amendments made by this part shall take effect on the later of— (1) the date of the enactment of this joint resolution; or (2) the date the International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages has come into force and the United States has become a party to that convention.