Unlawful Imprisonment

Unlawful Imprisonment in Europe

Unlawful Imprisonment in Germany

Provisions relating to unlawful imprisonment in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Eighteen, under the heading “Offences Against Personal Freedom,” located in Section 239 Unlawful imprisonment, which reads: (1) Whosoever imprisons a person or otherwise deprives him of his freedom shall be liable to imprisonment of not more than five years or a fine. (2) The attempt shall be punishable. (3) The penalty shall be imprisonment from one to ten years if the offender 1. deprives the victim of his freedom for more than a week; or 2. by the offence or an act committed during the offence causes serious injury to the victim. (4) If by the offence or an act committed during the offence the offender causes the death of the victim the penalty shall be imprisonment of not less than three years. (5) In less serious cases under subsection (3) above the penalty shall be imprisonment from six months to five years, in less serious cases under subsection (4) above imprisonment from one to ten years.

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

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