Practice Relating to Rule 108. Mercenaries
Belarus’s Criminal Code (1999) defines a mercenary as:
a person who participates, on the territory of a foreign State, in armed conflict or hostilities and who does not belong to the armed forces of the parties to the conflict and who acts with a view to a material remuneration without being authorized by the State of his origin or by the State on whose territory he permanently resides.
Under Belarus’s Criminal Code (2000), the participation of a mercenary in an armed conflict is punished with imprisonment for a term of three to seven years with (facultative) confiscation of goods.