Practice Relating to Rule 50. Destruction and Seizure of Property of an Adversary
Croatia’s Commanders’ Manual (1992) provides: “Destruction not required by the mission … is prohibited.”
Under Croatia’s Criminal Code (1997), “the confiscation of property [and] the unlawful and wanton destruction or large-scale appropriation of property not justified by military necessity” are war crimes.
Croatia’s Criminal Code (1997), as amended to 2006, states that a war crime is committed by:
Whoever violates the rules of international law in time of war, armed conflict or occupation and orders … [the confiscation of, or] confiscates property or orders that the population’s property be … illegally and wantonly destroyed or its large-scale appropriation where there is no justification by military necessity.