Material for a 2-hour lesson, part of the Criminal Investigation Course, developed by the Kosovo Police Service School
Kidnapping is an offence that involving taking and conveying away a person against his or her will, either by force, fraud, or intimidation.
A criminal act of kidnapping did not exist in the Yugoslav legislation until the criminal laws of republics and provinces were promulgated (1977). Even in the foreign legislation, this criminal act in a general form was not known until the middle of 20th century. Only certain forms of this act existed, such as kidnapping in order to enslave somebody, take him to the foreign army, or the foreign country with a goal of achieving a particular immoral goal or kidnapping of the children or kidnapping of women.
At the end of 20th century, when a wave of terrorism in different forms, especially taking hostages, inundates almost entire world, in many countries the sanctions for the modern types of kidnapping appeared. The entry of this article in law is justified due to general prevention against the behaviour that may represent the serious danger for our society as well.
The goal of this lesson is to provide officers with an understanding of the offence of Kidnapping as defined under Art. 64 of the Criminal Code of Serbia (officially: The Criminal Code of the Socialist Republic of Serbia - enacted by the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia (1977)).
At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to: