OBEAH ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Punishment for practising obeah

   4   Punishment for consulting for fraudulent purpose person practising obeah

   5   Penalty for consulting person practising obeah

   6   Power to search for instrument of obeah

   7   Presumption

   8   Charge of being a person practising obeah

   9   Power to arrest

   10   Obeah literature suppressed

   11   Jurisdiction

   12   Persons convicted under this Act may be subjected to police supervision

 

THE OBEAH ACT

[Date of Commencement: 2nd June, 1898]

Cap 266.

Act 3 of 2013.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Obeah Act.

2   Interpretation

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   In this Act-

   "obeah" shall be deemed to be of one and the same meaning as "myalism";

   "a person practising obeah" means any person who, to effect any fraudulent or unlawful purpose, or for gain, or for the purpose of frightening any person, uses, or pretends to use any occult means, or pretends to possess any supernatural power or knowledge; and

   "instrument of obeah" means anything used, or intended to be used by a person, and pretended by such person to be possessed of any occult or supernatural power.

3   Punishment for practising obeah

   Every person practising obeah shall be liable to imprisonment, with or without hard labour, for a period not exceeding twelve months.

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