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Houston Euler 22 February 2013 05:01 AM

Mandatory minimum sentence for regicide in Denmark is 6 years
 
There are two references to this on wikipedia, but no source. And I've tried googling for a while but came up empty.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_(Danish_law)
"In Denmark manddrab (manslaughter) is the term used by the Danish penalty law to describe the act of intentionally killing another person. No distinction between manslaughter and murder exists. The penalty goes from a minimum of five years (six years in the case of regicide) to imprisonment for life."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandatory_minimum
"Denmark has mandatory minimum sentences for murder (five years to life) and regicide (six years to life), and for carrying an illegal knife (one week).[citation needed]"

Proof that real people have either been duped or are spreading it:
https://twitter.com/AlexMLeo/status/304347637480570880

The information in the second page dates back to 2008 or 2009, while the first dates to about 2010. Any Danes want to check with a Danish lawyer?

Troberg 22 February 2013 11:37 AM

Well, while my Danish isn't good enough for me to trust my ability to accurately read legal texts in Danish, but I don't see what's so unbelievable about this story? It's common enough to have harsher penalties for killing national leaders or people in official positions, why should the Danes differ?

The only thing I find a bit odd is that the minimum sentence seems a little bit high, from a Swedish perspective, but not unexpectedly so.

Don Enrico 22 February 2013 03:25 PM

Danish law does indeed punish manslaugter with 5 years to live (par. 237 danish penal code https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms...=142912#Kap25/. I couldn't find a special law for regicide, through.

KirkMcD 22 February 2013 03:46 PM

Section 112 of the Criminal Code deals with the killing of the Head of State.
Section 237 is "regular" murder.

From http://jm.schultzboghandel.dk/upload...bet/kap02.html
Dealing with minimum sentences.

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The committee's proposal was only made exception in 112 of the killing of the head of state, and therein was not made any change at lovrevisionens adoption in 1952. As mentioned previously, 112 one of the few current examples of increased punishment minimum.
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If you removed the 5-year minimum in 237 (and also 6 years minimum in 112), one would thus quite consistently have implemented the principle that imprisonment penalty fixed minimum applies to all prison environment, whether in the case of serious or less serious crimes. It could, on the other hand could hardly be described as any irresponsible or illogical condition of 237 and 112 as the only provisions contained elevated strafminima
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The Council has therefore found no reason to propose amending 112
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It is in this context also be mentioned that certain deed types, which, by their nature could have been built in one provision respectively normal penalty and associated side sentence (s) are listed in separate provisions. To illustrate this example. identified Penal Code 112 and 237, dealing respectively with royal murder and manslaughter, where the respective provisions is a penalty of imprisonment up to life imprisonment with an increased minimum of 6 years and 5 years.

Houston Euler 22 February 2013 07:05 PM

Thank you so much!


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