Yesterday, I was watching Paul Verhoeven's new film "Zwartboek" ("black book"). The plot is quite complicated, so I will not go into it here. Anyhow, an interesting plot device was used for a nasty German (who was being used by the Allies to help in the post capitulation administration, not knowing that he was particularly nasty) to get rid of a not so nasty German who knew all sorts of things about the nasty one. Essentially, just before the capitulation, the nasty German had signed the death warrant for the not so nasty German on the grounds of high treason, but the not so nasty German escapes. After capitulation, The not so nasty German is picked up and brought before Canadian intelligence. The nasty German happens to be standing there, and brings the death warrant to the attention of the military intelligence Colonel, who says essentially "such things are of little importance". The nasty German then quotes chapter and verse of the post capitulation military law, the crux of which is that the Germans are allowed to punish their own, therefore the execution order is still legally valid, and invites the colonel to phone his general to check. The Canadians therefore permit the execution by firing squad of the not so nasty German on this basis. Essentially, my question is, is this scenario plausible?