Criminal Code Act 1995

Schedule - The Criminal Code  

Section 3

CHAPTER 8 - OFFENCES AGAINST HUMANITY AND RELATED OFFENCES  

Division 268 - Genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes against the administration of the justice of the International Criminal Court  

Subdivision E - Other serious war crimes that are committed in the course of an international armed conflict  

SECTION 268.38   War crime - excessive incidental death, injury or damage  

(1)  
A person (the perpetrator ) commits an offence if:


(a) the perpetrator launches an attack; and


(b) the perpetrator knows that the attack will cause incidental death or injury to civilians; and


(c) the perpetrator knows that the death or injury will be of such an extent as to be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated; and


(d) the perpetrator ' s conduct takes place in the context of, and is associated with, an international armed conflict.

Penalty: Imprisonment for life.

(2)  
A person (the perpetrator ) commits an offence if:


(a) the perpetrator launches an attack; and


(b) the perpetrator knows that the attack will cause:


(i) damage to civilian objects; or

(ii) widespread, long-term and severe damage to the natural environment; and


(c) the perpetrator knows that the damage will be of such an extent as to be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated; and


(d) the perpetrator ' s conduct takes place in the context of, and is associated with, an international armed conflict.

Penalty for a contravention of this subsection: Imprisonment for 20 years.


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