Forcing Someone to Make A Statement

Forcing Someone to Make A Statement in Europe

Forcing Someone to Make a Statement in Germany

Provisions relating to forcing someone to make a statement in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Thirty, under the heading “Offences Committed in Public Office,” located in Section 343 Forcing someone to make a statement, which reads: (1) Whosoever as a public official involved in a criminal proceeding, a proceeding for the purpose of 1. detention by a public authority; 2. a proceeding to impose a summary fine; or 3. a disciplinary proceeding, disciplinary court or professional disciplinary court proceeding physically abuses another, otherwise uses force against him, threatens him with force or abuses him mentally in order to force him to testify to or declare something in the proceeding or to fail to do so shall be liable to imprisonment from one to ten years. (2) In less serious cases the penalty shall be imprisonment from six months to five years.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to forcing someone to make a statement is current as of 2010

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