III. ANCIENT LAW.
Concerning the penalty for removing a man from a church by force.
If anyone removes by force his slave or a debtor from a church or altar where he sought sanctuary, without the consent of a priest or of some other ecclesiastic who is in charge of said church, as soon as the fact has been brought to the notice of the judge, the offender, if he is a person of high rank, shall be compelled to pay a hundred solidi to the church which sustained the injury. A person of inferior station shall pay thirty solidi, and if he does not have the means to do so, he shall be arrested by the judge, and receive a hundred lashes in public. The master shall then regain possession of his slave, and the debtor shall be surrendered to his creditor.
(trans. by S.P.Scott 1910: 331-332)