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Dangerous Disruption of Rail, Ship and Air Traffic in Germany

Provisions relating to dangerous disruption of rail, ship and air traffic 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 315 Dangerous disruption of rail, ship and air traffic, which reads: (1) Whosoever interferes with the safety of traffic by rail, suspension rail, ship or air by destroying, damaging or removing facilities or 1. means of transport; 2. setting up obstacles; 3. giving false signs or signals; or 4. undertaking a similar act of intervention of equal dangerousness and thereby endangers the life or limb of another person or property of significant value belonging to another shall be liable to imprisonment from six months to ten years. (2) The attempt shall be punishable. (3) The penalty shall be imprisonment of not less than one year if the offender (a) (b) acts with the intent of causing an accident; facilitating or covering up another offence; or 1. by the offence causes serious injury to another person or injury 2. to a large number of people. (4) In less serious cases under subsection (1) above the penalty shall be imprisonment from three months to five years, in less serious cases under subsection (3) above imprisonment from six months to five years. (5) Whosoever negligently causes the danger in cases under subsection (1) above shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine. (6) Whosoever acts negligently in cases under subsection (1) above and negligently causes the danger shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding two years or a fine.

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  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to dangerous disruption of rail, ship and air traffic is current as of 2010

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