Practice Relating to Rule 65. Perfidy
Section B. Killing, injuring or capturing an adversary by resort to perfidy
New Zealand’s Military Manual (1992) states: “It is prohibited to kill, injure or capture an adversary by resort to perfidy.”
The manual further states that “the treacherous killing or wounding of any individual belonging to the hostile nation or army” constitutes a war crime.
The manual also states:
Assassination, that is, the killing or wounding of a selected individual behind the line of battle by enemy agents or unlawful combatants is prohibited. In addition, the proscription or outlawing or the putting of a price on the head of an enemy individual or any offer for an enemy “dead or alive” is forbidden. If prior information of an intended assassination or other act of treachery should reach the Party on whose behalf the act is to be committed, that Party should endeavour to prevent its being carried out.
Under New Zealand’s International Crimes and ICC Act (2000), war crimes include the crimes defined in Article 8(2)(b)(xi) and (e)(ix) of the 1998 ICC Statute.