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 Case of General Yamashita. The supreme commander would appoint one of the members to serve as president immtfe the tribunal. Nuremberg Trial Proceedings Vol.

In fact, the Allied powers permitted Hirohito to retain his position on the throne, albeit with diminished status. The outcome was exceedingly disappointing. The Charter was strongly influenced by its Nuremberg counterpart but redrafted in compliance with the guidelines given to General MacArthur by the American Joint Chiefs of Staff to suit the different conditions that prevailed in occupied Japan.

The Comprehensive Index and Ccharter, 5 vols. All of this was prejudicial to the fairness of the proceedings. At one chartef the president of the IMTFE was informed that the trial was utilizing about one-quarter of all the paper consumed by the Allied occupation forces in Japan.

I,tfe addition, many of the accused had been subjected to lengthy pre-trial Allied imtce by teams deployed by the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, by military, naval and air, intelligence, by Civil Affairs analysts, by prosecutors, and by Japanese government investigators who, with initial encouragement from the Americans, began and soon ended a series of their own war crimes trials in the months carter the IMTFE took shape.

The Japanese public, Western opinion, and a majority of the court, however, were of a different mind. Article 12 Conduct of trial The Tribunal shall a. Later, copies of this brief were handed out to individual members of the tribunal. The first trial shall be held at Nuremberg, and any subsequent trials shall be held at such places as the Tribunal may decide.

Confine the trial strictly to an expeditious hearing of the issues raised by the charges. A diary, letter or other document, including sworn or unsworn statements which appear to the Tribunal to contain information relating to the charge. The Tribunal shall not be bound by technical rules of evidence.


The Nuremberg tribunal consisted of one judge from imhfe of the Allied powers, which each also supplied a prosecution team. The Tribunal shall have power to allow or reject the application.

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Neither the Tribunal, chartef members nor their alternates can be challenged by the prosecution, or by the Defendants or their Counsel. Home International Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Tokyo Trial.

The Tanaka Memorial was, in fact, a skillful Chinese forgery, but it was not regarded as such by most observers at the time and it was consistent with the private thinking of key individuals within the Japanese government of its time. Carter weeks before, the indictment had been recast following the arrival of the Soviet prosecution team in Tokyo.

The working relationships between individual American attorneys and their Japanese counterparts were not always easy. In case the votes are evenly divided, the vote of the President shall be decisive. To summon witnesses to the trial, to require them to attend and testify, and to question hcarter. The Tribunal will deliver judgment and pronounce sentence.

It was a matter of pivotal importance during the trial that the Japanese “sovereignty” was not extinguished with the end of hostilities. The Secretariat of the Tribunal shall be composed of a General Secretary to be appointed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers and such assistant secretaries, clerks, interpreters, and other personnel as may be necessary.

If the application is allowed, the Tribunal may direct in what manner the applicants shall be represented and heard. When as many as six members of the Tribunal are present, they may convene the Tribunal in formal session.

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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 Tokyo War Crimes Trial. The United States held twelve such trials from toeach of which combined defendants who were accused of similar acts or had participated in related events. The Court simply ruled that its jurisdiction was strictly confined to an examination of the conduct of the Japanese side.

A copy of the Indictment and of all the documents lodged with the Indictment, translated into a language which he understands, shall be furnished to the Defendant at reasonable time before the Trial. The Court began hearing the prosecution’s case on May 4, However, one can say with a degree of certainty that no Japanese war criminal will ever again be tried on indictment in a Japanese court for crimes related to the period before and during World War II.


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, and private individuals.

Thus the conceptual framework was quite similar. These rules shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter.

He chose not to do so. At first, not all of the defendants welcomed the Americans who were offered to them, but eventually all came to the conclusion that it was advisable to engage one or other of them.

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All but two of the remaining defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment. Australia, Canada, India, and the Netherlands were willing to see the general make some reductions in sentences.

The Tribunal shall have the power to impose upon an accused, on conviction, death or such other punishment as shall be determined by it to be just.

Namely, the planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a declared or undeclared war of aggression, or a war in violation of international law, treaties, agreements or assurances, or participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the foregoing.

O box St. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Foreign governments have long since ceased to reveal any interest in continuing to pursue Japanese war criminals through national courts, and without regard to the dwindling number of people still interested in the apprehension and prosecution of such perpetrators through international institutions, the new permanent International Criminal Court has been denied any jurisdiction at all over crimes committed prior to its own creation.

In due course, the prosecution 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. South BendInd.:

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