perfidious killing or wounding

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A war crime under the Statute of the International Criminal Court whereby the perpetrator kills or wounds the victim by taking advantage of the victim's belief that he is in a state of protection under international law. In international conflicts it protects the armed forces and civilians of an opponent. In non‐international conflict it does not apply to civilians. Guerrilla fighters dressed in civilian clothes would always be guilty of perfidious killing or wounding by pretending to have civilian status, but they are not guilty if they carry their weapons openly.

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