Mabuchi Setsuo and others
DATE OF CRIMES
LOCATION OF CRIMES
2nd Southern Military Hospital, Cholon, Saigon (present-day Ho Chi Minh City), French IndoChina (present-day Vietnam)
DATE OF TRIAL
7, 8, 11 and 12 June 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The defendants were charged for committing war crimes in violation of the law and usages of war. All were of the Japanese Kempeitai. The victim was treated for his injuries at the hospital, while also questioned by the Kempeitai. In June 1945, Captain Hisakawa Shigehiro, the 4th defendant, told Major Nakamura Kinji, the 2nd defendant, a surgeon, that the Kempeitai was finished with the victim and that the 2nd defendant was to dispose of the victim in the hospital. The 2nd defendant Nakamura did not do so immediately and about one week later, the 4th defendant Hisakawa repeated the order and said that the Kempeitai would accept whole responsibility. The 2nd defendant Nakamura informed his immediate superior Major Mabuchi Setsuo, the 1st defendant, who seemingly assented to the disposal, as well as Colonel Hayashi, the head of the hospital. An operation was performed on the victim thereafter by the 2nd defendant Nakamura and Captain Wakamatsu Hitoshi, the 3rd defendant. Nakamura turned the operation over to Wakamatsu midway through, and ordered him to give the victim a lethal injection of novocaine, which was duly performed. The victim died from the injection.
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There were multiple parties involved and each of them took on very different roles towards effecting a single crime. This case involved a surgeon who gave orders to introduce the lethal injecton of novocaine to the victim.
Mabuchi, Setsuo. Major. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. Death by hanging. Sentence reduced. Life imprisonment.
Nakamura, Kinji. Major. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. Death by hanging. Sentence confirmed.
Wakamatsu, Hitoshi. Captain. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. Death by hanging. Sentence reduced. Life imprisonment.
Hisakawa, Shigehiro. Captain. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. Death by hanging. Sentence confirmed.
Peacock, G.A. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president. Barrister-at-law.
Topping, R.J. Major. From British military.
Duesford, E.H. Captain. From British military.
Tompkins, William F. 1st Lieutenant. From American military. Attorney at Law of New Jersey State Bar.
Southall, A.P. Staff Captain. From British military. Law student.
Sawada, Tetsuo. Senior Officer. Judge of District Court of Sendai.
Fujita, Tetsuo. Senior Officer. Judge of Distrct Court of Hiroshima.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Green, Roland Harvey. Captain. From British military.