Taking of Pawns

Taking of Pawns in Europe

Taking of Pawns in Germany

Provisions relating to taking of pawns in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Twenty-five, under the heading “Criminal Self-seeking,” located in Section 289 Taking of pawns, which reads: (1) Whosoever with unlawful intent takes away his own chattel or that of another for the benefit of its owner, from the usufructuary, pawnee or another person entitled to use or to retain the chattel shall be liable to imprisonment of not more than three years or a fine. (2) The attempt shall be punishable. (3) The offence may only be prosecuted upon request.



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

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