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    18 USC Sec. 970                                             01/05/2009




    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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