Correction of False Testimony

Correction of False Testimony in Europe

Correction of False Testimony in Germany

Provisions relating to correction of false testimony in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Nine, under the heading “False Testimony and Perjury,” located in Section 158 Correction of false testimony, which reads: (1) The court in its discretion may mitigate the sentence (section 49 (2)) for perjury, false sworn affidavit or false unsworn testimony or order a discharge if the offender corrects his false testimony in time. (2) The correction is no longer in time if it can no longer be used in reaching the decision, if detriment to another has been caused by the offence, or if a complaint has already been laid against the offender or an investigation been initiated. (3) The correction may be made to the authority before whom the false testimony was given or by whom it is to be evaluated in the proceedings, to a court, a public prosecutor or a police authority.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to correction of false testimony is current as of 2010

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