Japanese War Crimes Trials
in Bruce Oswald & Jim Waddell (eds), Justice in Arms: Military Lawyers in the Australian Army’s First Hundred Years (Big Sky Publishing, 2013) 208-217 (ISBN 9781922132505)
9 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2015
Date Written: 2013
A large number of AALC officers were involved in war crimes trials in a variety of locations and under a range of different authorities. Several participated in the UN War Crimes and Australian War Crimes Commission (which investigated crimes committed during the war) in the Tokyo Tribunal, in the planning of trials generally, and in the review of proceedings by the Judge Advocate General. But by far the largest proportion worked on war crimes trials by Australian military courts located in Darwin, Hong Kong, Labuan, Manus Island, Morotai, Rabaul, Singapore and Wewak. Over a period of five years and four months, 300 trials were conducted across these locations, involving more than 800 accused and resulting in more than 600 convictions and 200 acquittals, the executions of over 100 war criminals and long sentences of imprisonment for than 150.
Keywords: war crimes, UN War Crimes and Australian War Crimes Commission, war criminals
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