As for Article 60, you clearly didn't check it.
It doesn't mention drugs.Pour l'application des dispositions du présent code et en vue de la recherche de la fraude, les agents des douanes peuvent procéder à la visite des marchandises et des moyens de transport et à celle des personnes.
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16-04-12, 23:03 #551
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16-04-12, 23:14 #555
Art 60 Bis: "When serious evidence can be assumed that a person is carrying narcotics hidden in his body, customs officers may make it subject to medical screening after its prior consent."
16-04-12, 23:15 #556timbartlett Guest
The Montego Bay Convention (better known as UNCLOS) says nothing of the kind.
That is one of the points I have been making all along: whoever wrote that letter is misrepresenting the contents of a freely-available international treaty. Whether the discrepancy between her version and the actual treaty is accidental or deliberate is a matter of conjecture, but it casts serious doubt on the reliability of anything else she says.
Here's what the cited Article of UNCLOS really says:
Nationality of ships
1. Every State shall fix the conditions for the grant of its nationality to ships, for the registration of ships in its territory, and for the right to fly its flag. Ships have the nationality of the State whose flag they are entitled to fly. There must exist a genuine link between the State and the ship.
2. Every State shall issue to ships to which it has granted the right to fly its flag documents to that effect.
(1) Every state has the right to fix its own conditions for the grant of its nationality. It is not up to France -- and certainly not up to the whim of a french official -- to decide whether a vessel may or may not be granted British nationality.
(2) Nationality and Registration are not synonymous. In many states (including Britain) a vessel may be granted Nationality without being Registered
(3) Part2 of this article imposes an obligation on the state to issue "documents to that effect". It imposes no obligation on the vessel, master, or owner, and says nothing about where the documents are to be stored.
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16-04-12, 23:28 #560timbartlett Guest
60 does indeed say "Pour l'application des dispositions du présent code et en vue de la recherche de la fraude, les agents des douanes peuvent procéder à la visite des marchandises et des moyens de transport et à celle des personnes."
I don't think I or anyone else has ever suggested that Customs officers did not have a right to enter and inspect a vessel or the goods and people on board. Can you please identify where in Article60 it mentions their right to demand production of a Certificate of Registry?
Because I'm afraid I still don't see it.