Practice Relating to Rule 72. Poison and Poisoned Weapons
Norway’s Penal Code (1902) provides:
153. Any person who adds poison or other such substances to any product intended for general use or sale so that the product cannot be used for the purpose intended without causing a person’s death or injuring his health, or who otherwise causes any poisoning that involves general danger to life or health, or who is accessory thereto, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 21 years.
160. Any person who publicly gives or offers instruction in the use of explosives or poison as a means to commit felonies, or who threatens to commit or publicly incites to the commission of felonies by such means, or who is accessory to any such felony, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.
Norway’s Penal Code (1902), as amended in 2008, states: “Any person is liable to punishment for a war crime who in connection with an armed conflict … employs poison or poisoned weapons.”
The Norwegian National Group, in response to a questionnaire from the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War on the “Investigation and Prosecution of Violations of the Law of Armed Conflict”, stated that the use of poisonous weapons was mentioned in the 1902 Military Penal Act.