Prisoners of War (POWs)

Charges Homma Ordered Filipino Jurist Killed News Article

Reports on the testimony of Salvador Abad Santos to a military commission in Manila regarding the signing of a death warrant for former Philippines Supreme court chief justice Jose Abad Santos by Gen. Masaharu Homma. Other topics reported on include: testimony at the Tokyo war crimes trial on orders to Japanese guards to kill Allied POWs "in event of allied amphibious or skyborne landings in Japan," affidavits presented in court relating atrocities, and witness testimony regarding the beatings meted out by Japanese military men in prison camps.

'Kill Me and Be Damned!' Japs Defied by Yank News Article

Reports on testimony given at Homma's trial in Manila. Witnesses included Lt. Junjo Matsu (a Japanese officer), Lieutenant Jose Lukban (Philippine army), and Jose Diosana (Philippine army). Describes atrocities committed on American prisoners of war. Other news wire brief articles report on the capture of another Japanese war crimes suspect in Shanghai, testimony by Masaru Takata at the trial of Capt. Kaichi Hirate in Yokohama, and progress in the trial of Shin Ree-sai ("Chinese puppet foreman of a labor camp on Hokkaido).

Reduce Charges Against Homma to Speed Trial News Article

Gives updates on the progress of Homma's trial in Manila, including the fact that "11 minor specifications to the 48 charges against" him were stricken which should speed up the trial. The trial will undergo a weeklong recess. Other news wire updates include: information on the testimony of Col. John R. Pugh and Maj. Achilles Tisdelle regarding the death march; the conviction of a Japanese guard by an Australian military court at Labuan; approval for a military commission to try Japanese accused of atrocities against B-29 fliers; and the opening of a trial in Singapore to try Japanese war criminals accused of starving and beating more than 500 Indians during a 34 day sea voyage from Singapore to Palau.
1946CE Jan 22nd

11 Japs Accused of Execution of Fliers Enter Pen News Article

Reports of the imprisonment of suspected Japanese war criminals "allegedly involved in executions of American B-29 fliers" as well as other war crimes in the Philippines, Japan, and Chichi Jima. Among those committed to Sugamo prison was "Adm. Masashi Kobasyshi, commander of Truk Island in 1944."

Rule General Not Justified in Escaping Japs News Article

Reports on the decision of a special Australian military court that found "Lieut. Gen. Henry Gordon Bennett, former commander of Australian forces in Malaya, was not justified in relinquishing his command and leaving Singapore after is surrender in 1942." In determining this decision, the commission's presiding justice, Justice Ligertwood, ruled that "Bennett was not a prisoner of war under duty to escape."


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