Practice Relating to Rule 65. Perfidy
In 1968, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (United Kingdom) heard the appeals of two members of the Indonesian armed forces who had entered a non-military building in Singapore – which at the time formed part of Malaysia – wearing civilian clothes and had planted a bag containing explosives. The ensuing explosion had caused two deaths, and the accused had been convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The Privy Council held that members of armed forces who committed acts of sabotage in territory under the control of opposing forces, when dressed in civilian clothes both at the time of the acts of sabotage and when arrested, were not entitled to be treated on capture as prisoners of war under the 1949 Geneva Conventions but were subject to trial and punishment.