TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 45 - FOREIGN RELATIONS
Sec. 970. Protection of property occupied by foreign governments
(a) Whoever willfully injures, damages, or destroys, or attempts
to injure, damage, or destroy, any property, real or personal,
located within the United States and belonging to or utilized or
occupied by any foreign government or international organization,
by a foreign official or official guest, shall be fined under this
title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
(b) Whoever, willfully with intent to intimidate, coerce,
threaten, or harass -
(1) forcibly thrusts any part of himself or any object within
or upon that portion of any building or premises located within
the United States, which portion is used or occupied for official
business or for diplomatic, consular, or residential purposes by -
(A) a foreign government, including such use as a mission to
an international organization;
(B) an international organization;
(C) a foreign official; or
(D) an official guest; or
(2) refuses to depart from such portion of such building or
premises after a request -
(A) by an employee of a foreign government or of an
international organization, if such employee is authorized to
make such request by the senior official of the unit of such
government or organization which occupies such portion of such
building or premises;
(B) by a foreign official or any member of the foreign
official's staff who is authorized by the foreign official to
make such request;
(C) by an official guest or any member of the official
guest's staff who is authorized by the official guest to make
such request; or
(D) by any person present having law enforcement powers;
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six
months, or both.
(c) For the purpose of this section "foreign government",
"foreign official", "international organization", and "official
guest" shall have the same meanings as those provided in section
1116(b) of this title.
(Added Pub. L. 92-539, title IV, Sec. 401, Oct. 24, 1972, 86 Stat.
1073; amended Pub. L. 94-467, Sec. 7, Oct. 8, 1976, 90 Stat. 2000;
Pub. L. 103-322, title XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994,
108 Stat. 2147; Pub. L. 104-294, title VI, Sec. 601(a)(2), Oct. 11,
1996, 110 Stat. 3498.)
1996 - Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 104-294 substituted "fined under this
title" for "fined not more than $500" in concluding provisions.
1994 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this
title" for "fined not more than $10,000".
1976 - Subsecs. (b), (c). Pub. L. 94-467 added subsec. (b),
redesignated former subsec. (b) as (c), and struck out reference to
section 1116(c) of this title.
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