Military commanders in troubled areas have the authority to enforce martial law, if it looks like war or riots may break out.
Martial law gives military officers the power to:
- Take action against war or riots;
- Use arms to suppress unrest;
- Search, confiscate or occupy any premises or vehicles;
- Censor information;
- Block, search and control postal services;
- Activate the military court to judge on crimes within the area under
- Mobilise civilians to help the military;
- Procure resources such as vehicles or logistical materials to support
- Prohibit public gatherings, publications, broadcasting, transport,
communication, travel, the movement of people or any action that the
Defence Ministry deems necessary;
- Enforce curfews;
- Destroy, remove or adjust any premise or location for the purpose of
- Arrest and detain suspects for a maximum of seven days.
- People are not entitled to any compensation for damage incurred during such military operations;
- Martial law can only be ended with a Royal Decree.