Practice Relating to Rule 107. Spies
Germany’s Military Manual (1992) defines spies as “persons who clandestinely or on false pretences, i.e. not wearing the uniform of their armed forces, gather information in the territory controlled by the adversary”.
Germany’s Military Manual (1992) states:
Even if they are members of their armed forces, [spies] do not have the right to the status of prisoner of war. Persons who fall into the hands of the adversary while engaging in espionage shall be liable to punishment. Even if taken while engaging in espionage, a spy shall not be punished without prior conviction pursuant to regular judicial proceedings.