Mikizawa Koshiro [Kushiro] and another
DATE OF CRIMES
Between 1 November 1943 and 15 August 1945
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Outram Road Prison, Singapore
DATE OF TRIAL
14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26 November 1946
2, 4, 5, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 December 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
Koshiro Mikizawa, the first accused, was the Governor of the civil section of the Outram Road Prison. Takeshi Noda, the second accused, was the Administrative Officer of the same and was briefly second-in-command to Mikizawa. The accused were charged with being parties to the ill-treatment and neglect of prisoners, causing the death of about 1,000 prisoners and physical suffering to others. Inadequate food and medical attention were provided. There was overcrowding in the cells with inadequate blankets, bed-boards and sanitation. Prisoners were also sent out on fatigue duties without proper clothing or footwear. Warders subjected the prisoners to physical abuse, which the accused sometimes participated in.
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The disparity in the sentences for the two defendants (life imprisonment for the first, imprisonment of five years for the second) can be accounted for by witnesses' testimonies (from both the prosecution and defence) of good character.
Mikizawa, Koshiro. Civilian. Superintendant, Outram Civil Gaol. From Japan. Guilty. Life imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Noda, Takeshi. Civilian. Inspector, Outram Civil Gaol. From Japan. Guilty. 5 years' imprisonment. Sentence confirmed.
Le Gallais, R.L. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president. Barrister at Law.
Wait, R.T. Captain. From British military.
Sheikh, A.B. Captain. From British Indian Army.
Withers Payne, C.H. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Barrister at Law.
Fujiiwa, Matsuro. Graduate Law, Tokyo Imperial University.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Phillips, A. Lieutenant. From British military.