Taking Hostages

Taking Hostages in Europe

Taking Hostages in Germany

Provisions relating to taking hostages in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Eighteen, under the heading “Offences Against Personal Freedom,” located in Section 239b Taking hostages, which reads: (1) Whosoever abducts or gains physical control of a person in order to cause him or a third person, by threatening death or grievous bodily harm (section 226) to the victim or the deprivation of his freedom for more than a week, to commit, suffer or omit an act, or whosoever for purposes of such coercion exploits a persons situation thus caused by him shall be liable to imprisonment of not less than five years. (2) Section 239a (2) to (4) shall apply mutatis mutandis.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to taking hostages is current as of 2010

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