Section 268.4 Criminal Code Act | Genocide by Causing Serious Harm


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Section 268.4 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Genocide by Causing Serious Harm and is extracted below.

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268.4  Genocide by causing serious bodily or mental harm

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

(a)  the perpetrator causes serious bodily or mental harm to one or more persons; and

(b)  the person or persons belong to a particular national, ethnical, racial or religious group; and

(c)  the perpetrator intends to destroy, in whole or in part, that national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for life.

(2)  In subsection (1):

causes serious bodily or mental harm includes, but is not restricted to, commits acts of torture, rape, sexual violence or inhuman or degrading treatment.