Defendants - Charges Against
Reported on the sentencing of six Japanese soldiers to death by hanging after they were convicted of "slaughter[ing] 23 Filipinos, rap[ing] seven and tortur[ing] five at Barili on Cebu island on February 1944."
Reports the acquittal of Shunsuke Kato at the Yokohama trial held by the Eighth Army Military Commission. It was the first acquittal by this group. Gives details regarding the case against Kato who had been "accused of assisting Cpl. Naraichi Chihara to beat prisoners." Kato's defense included assertions that he was only following direct orders from his supervisor. Also reports on the sentencing of Pvt. Truo Ono and Cpl. Motoichi Sakagami.
Reports on Shumei Okawa's outlandish antics in the courtroom, including the slap on the head he delivered to Hideki Tojo. Indicates that Okawa was removed from the courtroom by American military police after several attempts to Lt. Col. S. Kenworthy to maintain order. Gives updates on the progress of the prosecution's case.
1946CE May 3rd