DATE OF CRIMES
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Nee Soon, Singapore
DATE OF TRIAL
1 and 2 March 1948
LOCATION OF TRIAL
Lieutenant Miyawaki Fumio was present at an execution of 8 POWs at Nee Soon, Singapore. Although there was no evidence that Miyawaki performed any of the killing, he was the only commissioned officer present and gave the orders for the commencement of the killing by beheading with swords. There were several warrant officers and other non-commissioned officers present and each of them took part in the killing. Some of the executed POWs were shot down from a B-29 over Johore while the others were from a submarine.
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Multiple trials were convened in relation to the Seletar beheadings but the evidence adduced was contradictory in relation to the origin of the execution orders. There is a suspicion that one Commander Okamoto may have ordered the execution on his own initiative. Okamoto was tried and originally sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted to imprisonment for 20 years. In these circumstances, the JAG advisory opinion advised that a similar commutation be considered.
Miyawaki, Fumio. Lieutenant. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. Death by hanging. Sentence commuted to 20 years' imprisonment.
Massie, L.A. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Solicitor. Court President.
Hebden, E.N. Major. From British military.
Mardon, H.L. Captain. From British military.
Wait, R.T. Major. From British military.
Hokabe, Tadamitsu. Civilian. Barrister-at-law. Supreme Court of Tokyo. Defence Counsel.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Hook, C.B.E. Captain. From British military.