Causing Damage to Important Facilities

Causing Damage to Important Facilities in Europe

Causing Damage to Important Facilities in Germany

Provisions relating to causing damage to important facilities in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Twenty-eight, under the heading “Offences Causing a Common Danger,” located in Section 318 Causing damage to important facilities, which reads: (1) Whosoever damages or destroys water pipes, sluices, weirs, dikes, dams or other water works, or bridges, ferries, roads or bulwarks or equipment used in mining operations for water control, ventilation or for transporting employees in and out, and thereby endangers the life or limb of another person shall be liable to imprisonment from three months to five years. (2) The attempt shall be punishable. (3) If by the offence the offender causes serious injury to another person or injury to a large number of people the penalty shall be imprisonment from one to ten years. (4) If by the offence the offender causes the death of another person the penalty shall be imprisonment of not less than three years. (5) In less serious cases under subsection (3) above the penalty shall be imprisonment from six months to five years, in less serious cases under subsection (4) above imprisonment from one to ten years. (6) Whosoever in cases under subsection (1) above 1. negligently causes the danger; or 2. acts negligently and negligently causes the danger shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine.

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  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to causing damage to important facilities is current as of 2010

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