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Parent Ex-GI's Won't Testify So Jap Criminals Go Free News Article
Language English
Collection C.W.J. Phelps Collection
Box Box 1
Folder First Phelps Scrap Book
Repository University of Virginia Law Library
Ex-GI’s Won’t Testify So Jap Criminals Go Free WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (AP) – A war department official asserted today that Japanese war criminals are being acquitted or are escaping with light sentences because American former servicemen are reluctant to cross the Pacific to testify at the trials. Col. D. M. Dunn, acting chief of the war crimes branch of the war department’s civil affairs division, told newsmen that for this reason five “major” criminals were freed recently at Tokyo. He did not identify them. Of 92 witnesses requested by Gen. MacArthur last April, only 15 have agreed to testify, Dunn said. “They have qualms over testifying about experiences they would rather forget,” the colonel said. “But American officers serving on the trail commissions are reluctant to impose the death penalty or long prison sentences solely upon the information contained in affidavits.”