245. Arrest by civilian police of deserters or those absent without leave.

A civilian policeman1 may arrest without a warrant a person ('a relevant suspect') who is reasonably suspected of being a person subject to service law2 who has deserted3 or is absent without leave4.

If an authorised person5 is satisfied by evidence given under oath or affirmation that a relevant suspect is or is reasonably suspected of being within his jurisdiction, he may issue a warrant for the arrest of the relevant suspect6.

A person arrested under these provisions must as soon as practicable be brought before a court of summary jurisdiction in the relevant territory7 in which he was arrested8.

This power

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