Practice Relating to Rule 7. The Principle of Distinction between Civilian Objects and Military Objectives
In 2001, in the Ballestas case
, the Colombian Government requested the preventive detention and extradition of a Colombian citizen belonging to the armed group known as the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (National Liberation Army) for the crimes of rebellion, kidnapping, wrongful death, seizure and diversion of aircraft. The Chamber of Criminal Appeals of Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice stated: “Attacks on innocent people who have no relationship to the interests at stake or to the problem … are not justified even in a military war. … [These are] governed by laws that prohibit attacks … on non-military targets”.