I. CONSTITUTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY TRIBUNAL. Article 1. In pursuance of the Agreement signed on the 8th day of August by the. The lesser-known International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) was . The Charter provided for MacArthur to appoint judges to the IMTFE from the. In our opinion the laws of the Charter is decisive and binding on the Tribunal. This is a special tribunal set up by the Supreme Commander under authority.

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The defendants selected for the first trials were not regarded as the only major war criminals but as clearly representative members of the groups held responsible for the outbreak of Charrter War II. The Case of General Yamashita. Last-minute changes meant that the basic law of the tribunal and charte remit were transformed only days before the accused were arraigned. A diary, letter or other document, including sworn or unsworn statements which appear to the Tribunal to contain information relating to the charge.

Article 13 Evidence a. In addition, they would be permitted to present evidence in their defense and to cross-examine witnesses. The origins, composition, and jurisdiction of the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals differed in several important imyfe beyond their geographical differences and personalities.

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It had no effect upon the Allied trials, and the news of it attracted little if any interest abroad at the time. Leaders, organizers, instigators and accomplices participating in the formulation or execution of a common plan or conspiracy to commit any of the foregoing crimes are responsible for all acts performed by any person in execution of such plan.

The charter set out the jurisdiction of the tribunal and established the individual responsibility of the accused for acts of state and for acts taken in compliance with superior orders. The Tribunal shall have the power to try and punish Far Eastern war criminals who as individuals or as members of organizations are charged with offences which include Crimes against Peace.

The Americans assembled a huge team of more than one thousand lawyers and support staff.

University of Texas Press. The prosecution and each accused by counsel only, if represented may examine each witness and each accused who gives testimony. The Demilitarisation of Japan. The initial intention of the Allied powers was to hold further international military tribunals in both Germany and Japan once the first major war crimes trials concluded. Seven were condemned to death by hanging. Each Signatory shall appoint a Chief Prosecutor for the investigation of the charges against and the prosecution of major war criminals.

The expenses of the Tribunal and of the Trials, shall be charged by the Signatories against the funds allotted for maintenance of the Control Council of Germany. All of this was prejudicial to the fairness of the proceedings. The Soviet Union did not sign the declaration because it did not declare war on Japan until weeks later, on the same day that the United States dropped the second atomic bomb at Nagasaki.


On a number of occasions the thrust of questions put to witnesses came perilously close to implicating Emperor Hirohito personally, but the trial also provided powerful support for the viewpoint that he was a benign constitutional monarch who wanted a durable peace and prosperity for his people. All motions, applications, or other requests addressed to the Tribunal prior to the commencement of trial shall be made in writing and filed with the General Secretary of the Tribunal for action by the Tribunal.

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Japanese Emperor Hirohito and other members of the imperial family were not indicted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To its destruction the Defense have brought as tools a microscope and a toothpick. In Tokyo as at Nuremberg, the manpower and financial resources committed by the Americans made a huge impact on the collection and processing of documentary evidence collected from German and Japanese archives, offices, cjarter private individuals. The function of Counsel for a Defendant may be discharged at the Defendant’s request by any Counsel professionally qualified to conduct cases before the Courts of his own country, or by any other person who chharter be specially authorized thereto by the Tribunal.

Defense motions to dismiss the charges against the accused were denied, following which the defense presentation of its case began on February 3,and continued until January 12, Namely, murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian population, before or during the war, or persecutions on political or racial grounds in execution of or in connection with any crime within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, whether or not in violation of the domestic law of the country where perpetrated.

The British and Americans, however, soon lost their appetite for such proceedings and their expenseand by December it was clear that no further major international war crimes trials would take place. The prosecution’s conspiracy case was summed up later by an American assistant prosecutor at the trial, “The Prosecution Case is a sturdy structure built upon a deep and firm and solid chatrer of fact.

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At the trial of any individual member of any group or organization the Tribunal may declare in connection with any act of which the individual may be convicted that the group chartsr organization of which the individual was a member was a criminal organization. In case the votes are evenly divided, the vote of the President shall be decisive.

The supreme commander would also appoint a general secretary of the tribunal and provide for clerical services and other duties required by the tribunal. A Bibliography chsrter War Crimes Trials. The Allied powers also refused to permit the defense counsel any access to its own official documents other than published records.

In fact, the Allied powers permitted Hirohito to retain his position on the throne, albeit with diminished status. In due course, the kmtfe and then the defense presented further evidence in rebuttal until February 10,at which time the defense filed further motions to dismiss, which were rejected. There was, imyfe, no legal basis on which the tribunal could have gone beyond the intentions of those who had convened the trial and given it authority. Production of Evidence for the Defence.


Nederland en het Tribunaal van Tokio. The Tribunal shall consist of immtfe members, each with an alternate. A Trial of Generals: On March 7,the supreme commander issued chqrter directive that reduced the sentences by one-third for good behavior and authorized the parole of those who had received life sentences after fifteen years.

The same ideas of conspiracy, crimes against peace the planning, preparation, initiating and waging of wars of imgfeindividual criminal responsibility for conventional war crimesand crimes against humanity appeared in the indictments at Tokyo and at Nuremberg.

United Nations War Crimes Commission — To its credit the IMTFE exercised a cathartic function of surpassing importance for the people of Japan and for their former enemies and, to the extent that its judgment was accepted and formally endorsed under the terms of the San Francisco Peace Treaty, it relegitimated, as intended, the Allied itfe of Japan itself.

Six of those representatives made no recommendations for clemency. Comyns-Carr, was lodged with the Court during a brief preliminary cjarter on April 29, So much of the record and of the proceedings may also be translated into the language of any country in which the Tribunal is sitting, as the Tribunal is sitting, as the Tribunal considers desirable in the interests of the justice and public opinion. The Tribunal did not convict any organizations, but General MacArthur’s occupying forces were carrying out sweeping political purges of individuals and imtte within Japan, blacklisting somepeople, mostly on account of their previous membership in banned organizations.

A large number of persons were held in custody with the intention of bringing them to justice as Class A war criminals. Provide for the maintenance of order at the trial and deal summarily with any contumacy, imposing appropriate punishment, including exclusion of any accused or his counsel from some or all further proceedings, but without prejudice to the determination of the charges, d.

The 1,page judgment of the tribunal took months to prepare. Article 2 Members The Tribunal shall consist of not less than six members nor more than eleven members, appointed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers from the names submitted by the Signatories to the Instrument of Surrender, India, and the Commonwealth of the Philippines.