Releasing Poison

Releasing Poison in Europe

Causing a Severe Danger by Releasing Poison in Germany

Provisions relating to causing a severe danger by releasing poison in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Twenty-nine, under the heading “Offences Against the Environment,” located in Section 330a Causing a severe danger by releasing poison, which reads: (1) Whosoever diffuses or releases substances which contain or can generate poisons and thereby causes the danger of death or serious injury to another person or the danger of injury to a large number of people shall be liable to imprisonment from one to ten years. (2) If by the offence the offender causes the death of another person the penalty shall be imprisonment of not less than three years. (3) In less serious cases under subsection (1) above the penalty shall be imprisonment from six months to five years, in less serious cases under subsection (2) above imprisonment from one to ten years. (4) Whosoever causes the danger negligently in cases under subsection (1) above shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine. (5) Whosoever acts grossly negligently in cases under subsection (1) above and negligently causes the danger shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine.

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  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to causing a severe danger by releasing poison is current as of 2010

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