Disruption of Public Services

Disruption of Public Services in Europe

Disruption of Public Services in Germany

Provisions relating to disruption of public services 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 316b Disruption of public services, which reads: (1) Whosoever prevents or interferes with the operation of enterprises or facilities which serve the public provision 1. of postal services or public transport; a facility which serves the public provision of water, light, heat or power or an enterprise which serves the vital needs of the population; or 2. 3. an installation or a facility serving public order and safety by destroying, damaging, removing, altering or rendering unusable an object used in its operation or taps electrical power intended for its operation shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine. (2) The attempt shall be punishable. (3) In especially serious cases the penalty shall be imprisonment from six months to ten years. An especially serious case typically occurs if by the offence the offender disrupts the provision of vital goods to the population, in particular water, light, heat or power.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to disruption of public services is current as of 2010

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