40. Repatriation and release of prisoners of war.

40.     Repatriation and release of prisoners of war.

On the outbreak of hostilities, mixed medical commissions are to be appointed to examine sick and wounded prisoners of war with a view to repatriation1. Subject to the rule that no sick or injured prisoner may be repatriated against his will during hostilities, seriously wounded and seriously sick prisoners of war must be repatriated when fit to travel2. Sentence to disciplinary punishment is not a ground for keeping back a prisoner from repatriation3. No repatriated person may be employed on active military service4.