Yoshino [Toshino] Iku
DATE OF CRIMES
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Telipong, Sarawak, British Borneo (present-day Malaysia)
DATE OF TRIAL
4 and 6 July 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
A civilian, suspected of anti-Japanese activities, was arrested and interrogated by Japanese officers. No trial was conducted. The Japanese officer who conducted the arrest alleged that the head of the Kempeitai ordered the civilian's execution. The same officer also enlisted the accused's help in carrying out the execution, though the accused belonged to a different unit than the one conducting the interrogation. The accused himself killed the civilian in June 1945 by carrying out his execution with one stroke of a sword, right next to an empty grave prepared for him.
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The defence was chided for the unkempt appearance of its witness, the head of the Kempeitai in Borneo. One of the prosecution's witnesses also served as the Japanese interpreter in court.
Yoshino, Iku. Warrant Officer. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. 15 years' imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Gallais, R.L. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president. Barrister-at-law.
Gray, W.M. Major. From British military.
Hasan, Taufiq. Captain. From British Indian Army.
Smith, S.J. Major. From British military.
Kono, Sanai. Judge in District Court of Sendai.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Bains, N.S. Major. From British military.