Otsu Shiro and another
DATE OF CRIMES
Between 27 October 1942 and 27 November 1942
LOCATION OF CRIMES
On board transport vessel "Tofuku Maru"
DATE OF TRIAL
4, 5, 6, 9, 11 June 1947
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The two defendants were charged of illtreating a draft of allied POWs on board the transport vessel "Tofuku Maru", which involved death and physical suffering to the POWs. Defendant 1 was not found guilty after having the clauses relating to death struck out, while defendant 2 was found not guilty.
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The prosecution relied mainly on statements from POWs on the Tofuku Maru and only called for one witness - an interpreter who had taken a statement of oath from the accused Otsu Shiro.
Otsu, Shiro. Ship's Master (Captain). From Japan. Not guilty.
Yoshinari, Eiji. Sergeant Major. From Japanese military. From Japan. Not guilty.
Massie, L.A. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president. Solicitor.
Hodgens, S.F. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military.
Keldermann, C. Th. M. Major. From British military.
Seagroatt. L.E.G. Major. From British military.
Hirose, Washiro. Civilian. Barrister of Law at Supreme Court, Tokyo.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Cartwright, D.S. Captain. From British military.