DATE OF CRIMES
Between 10 October 1943 and 30 January 1944
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
DATE OF TRIAL
6, 8 and 9 July 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The defendant, Sergeant Iida Kiyoji, was the Chief of the General Affairs Branch of the Civil Administration of the Andaman Islands during the Japanese Occupation. Iida, who served as an interpreter for his superiors, was accused of being involved in the torture and maltreatment of civilian residents of Port Blair detained during the Second Spy Case, where forty-four civilians were executed on suspicion of espionage. Eleven other civilians were imprisoned, and as many as twelve died as a result of torture.
Such torture included, inter alia, pulverizing of civilians, water torture and subjecting civilians to cigarette burns.
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Iida had a history of psychiatric illness (manic depressive insanity), which was prevalent throughout the trial. On the second day, the defence counsel claimed that Iida was acting abnormally, and requested an adjournment for mental observation. A psychiatrist was eventually brought in to ascertain that Iida was fit to stand trial.
Iida had also appeared to be problematic throughout the trial. Iida was evasive, incoherent and hesitant in his answers, especially during his cross-examination. Iida also requested for an adjournment during the trial as he wanted to sleep, claiming that he had insufficient rest the night before.
Iida, Kiyoji. Sergeant. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. 10 years imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Forsythe, P. A. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president.
Houseman, J. W. Major. From British military.
Khan, T. A. Captain. From British Indian Army. LLB Advocate in India.
Southall, A. P. Major. From British military.
Takesuke, Komori. Lieutenant Commander. Judge Advocate, Japan.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Mcmath, J. Major. From British military.