Mutiny by Prisoners

Mutiny by Prisoners in Europe

Mutiny by Prisoners in Germany

Provisions relating to mutiny by prisoners in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Six, under the heading “Resistance Against State Authority,” located in Section 121 Mutiny by prisoners, which reads: (1) Prisoners who gang up and with joint forces coerce (section 240) or attack an official of an institution, another public official or a person charged with their supervision, care or investigation; 1. 2. escape under use of force; or 3. by use of force aid one of their number or another prisoner to escape, shall be liable to imprisonment from three months to five years. (2) The attempt shall be punishable. (3) In especially serious cases the penalty for mutiny shall be imprisonment from six months to ten years. An especially serious case typically occurs if the principal or another accomplice 1. carries a firearm; 2. carries another weapon for the purpose of using it during commission of the offence; or 3. through violence places another in danger of death or serious injury. (4) A person subject to an incapacitation order shall be equivalent to a prisoner within the meaning of subsections (1) to (3) above.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to mutiny by prisoners is current as of 2010

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