Practice Relating to Rule 122. Pillage of the Personal Belongings of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
Italy’s Combatant’s Manual (1998) states:
Prisoners cannot be deprived of effects and objects of strictly personal use, documents, indication of rank, decorations and personal objects of value, just as they may keep the helmet and gas mask they have with them.
The manual further states that “prisoners are authorized to carry with them their personal effects, valuables, money, correspondence and parcels”.
Italy’s Wartime Military Penal Code (1941) provides that the soldier who steals money or other objects from a prisoner of war, with the intent to appropriate them for himself or for others, is guilty of a punishable offence.