Crimes of Lese-majesty

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Europe

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Sweden

Crimes of Lese-majesty in the Swedish Penal Code

The Swedish Criminal Code was adopted in 1962 and entered into force on 1 January 1965. It contains provisions on crimes of lese-majesty and on most of the acts

that constitute crimes in Sweden. The provisions on other crimes

are to be found in special legislation.

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Sweden under

Section 5

Under Part Two, on Crimes, and Chapter 18, on Crimes of Lese-majesty, the Section 5 reads as follows: A person who exerts illegal coercion or illegal threat with the intent of influencing the shaping of public opinion or of encroaching on freedom of action within a political organisation or a trade or industrial association and thereby endangers freedom of speech, assembly or association, shall be sentenced for crime against civil liberty to imprisonment for at most six years.

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Sweden under

Section 4

Under Part Two, on Crimes, and Chapter 18, on Crimes of Lese-majesty, the Section 4 reads as follows: A person who founds or participates in an association which must be considered to constitute or, in view of its character and the purpose for which it has been organised, is easily capable of developing into, an instrument of force such as a military troop or a police force, and which does not with due authority reinforce the national defence or the police, or who on behalf of such association deals in arms, ammunition or other like equipment, makes available a building or land for its activity or supports it with money or in other ways, shall be sentenced for unlawful military activity to a fine or imprisonment for at most two years.

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Sweden under

Section 6

Under Part Two, on Crimes, and Chapter 18, on Crimes of Lese-majesty, the Section 6 reads as follows: A person who, by mutilation or otherwise, for a short or long period incapacitates himself for military service which it was his duty to perform in the armed forces or otherwise for the defence of the Realm, or by feigning illness or by means of other deception evades such service, shall be sentenced for evading defence duty to a fine or imprisonment for at most two years or, if the Realm was at war, to a fine or imprisonment for at most four years.

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Sweden under

Section 1

Under Part Two, on Crimes, and Chapter 18, on Crimes of Lese-majesty, the Section 1 reads as follows: A person who, with intent that the form of government be overthrown by force of arms or other violent means or that a measure or decision of the Head of State, the Government, Parliament or the supreme judicial bodies be thus forced or obstructed, takes action which involves a danger of the realisation of such intent, shall, if it is not high treason, be sentenced for sedition to imprisonment for ten years, or for life or, if the danger was slight, to at least four and at most ten years. (Law 1974:565)

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Sweden under

Section 3

Under Part Two, on Crimes, and Chapter 18, on Crimes of Lese-majesty, the Section 3 reads as follows: A person who, with the intent that the crime be committed against public security or the liberty of citizens, gathers or leads an armed force or keeps it assembled or furnishes a force with arms, ammunition or other like equipment or trains it in the use of arms, shall be sentenced for armed threat against the legal order to imprisonment for at least six and at most ten years.

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Sweden under

Section 8

Under Part Two, on Crimes, and Chapter 18, on Crimes of Lese-majesty, the Section 8 reads as follows: An act referred to in Chapters 3-5 which involves an outrage against the King or any other person defined in Section 2 may not be prosecuted by a prosecutor without an order from the Government, unless someone's death occurred as a result of the act. The same applies to attempt, preparation or conspiracy to commit an act here mentioned or failure to reveal such act. (Law 1974:565)

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Sweden under

Section 7

Under Part Two, on Crimes, and Chapter 18, on Crimes of Lese-majesty, the Section 7 reads as follows: Attempt, preparation or conspiracy to commit sedition or armed threat against the legal order, failure to reveal such crime, as well as attempt to commit crime against civil liberty, or evading defence duty shall be punished under the provisions of Chapter 23.

Crimes of Lese-majesty in Sweden under

Section 2

Under Part Two, on Crimes, and Chapter 18, on Crimes of Lese-majesty, the Section 2 reads as follows: If the act referred to in Chapters 3-5 involves an assault against the King or other member of the Royal Family or against a Regent acting in place of the King, imprisonment for at most four years shall be imposed if otherwise at most six months imprisonment can be imposed for the crime, and for at most six years if the crime otherwise would be subject to imprisonment for more than six months but at most four years. (Law 1974:565)

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