(1) The owner of any vessel, aircraft or vehicle in or on which any prohibited article is imported shall retain possession of the prohibited article until-
(a) in the case where the import of the prohibited article is permitted subject to the terms and conditions of a licence, there is produced to him a valid import licence issued under this Ordinance or under some other law in respect of the prohibited article; or
(b) in any other case, the Commissioner gives to the owner of the vessel, aircraft or vehicle written directions in respect of the removal or storage of the prohibited article. (Amended L.N. 294 of 1982)
(2) Any person who contravenes this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of $500000 and to imprisonment for 1 year. (Amended 60 of 1980 s. 2)
(3) It shall be a defence to a charge under subsection (1)(a) if the defendant proves that he did not know and could not with reasonable diligence have known that the article to which the charge relates was a prohibited article.