Practice Relating to Rule 160. Statutes of Limitation
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands provides:
War crimes may not become statute-barred (see Article 13 of WIM [the International Criminal Offences Act]). The only exception to this rule is for the most minor category of war crimes, attracting a maximum 10-year prison sentence, as defined in Article 7.1 of WIM. It should be noted that the maximum penalties set for international war crimes are more severe than in ordinary penal law, namely imprisonment for life or up to 30 years, or a Category 6 fine.
According to the International Crimes Act (2003) of the Netherlands, the expiration of the right to institute criminal proceedings or to impose a sentence, as defined in Articles 70 and 76 of the Penal Code as amended, “shall not apply to the crimes defined in this Act [genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture]”.