DATE OF CRIMES
March - June 1944
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Shadipur, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
DATE OF TRIAL
14, 15, 17 and 18 June 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The defendant was charged with two counts, both involved committing war crimes. The defendant was employed in the police department at Port Blair, with primarily clerical duties. He was involved in the water torture of Krishna, the first victim, during his interrogation. Krishna died of asphyxia some hours later. With regard to the second charge, about a fortnight before the incident concerning Krishna, the defendant had interrogated an Indian cook, Surat Singh, on a charge of accepting bribes from the patients of Bamboo Flats Hospital Port Blair for supplying them with extra food. The defendant severely beat Surat Singh for about 20 minutes and then administered the water torture to him in order to extort a confession that he had accepted the bribes. The water torture was applied to the extent that the victim died of asphyxia some hours later.
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This case was an instance in which water torture was used to extract confessions from victims.
Hagane, Kiyoharu. Civil police. From Japan. Guilty. Death by hanging. Sentence confirmed.
Smith, H.E.R. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president.
Sahay, S.B. Major. From British military. Advocate in India.
Khan, T.A. Captain. From British military. Advocate in India.
Lalla, G.C. Captain. From British military. Advocate in India.
Konno, Sanai. From Japanese military. Judge of Sendai District Court.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Busfield, K.R. Captain. From British military.