DATE OF CRIMES
1 August 1945
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
DATE OF TRIAL
24, 25 and 26 April 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The accused beat, tortured and maltreated three civilians of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in two separate incidents. At the time of the alleged offences, the accused was in charge of overseeing local land farmers working for the Japanese at Port Blair. The victim of the first offence was a farmer, beaten by the accused because he was too sick to work that day. The beating, described as savage and ferocious, coupled with the accused’s pouring of hot water over the victim, resulted in fatal injuries and the victim's eventual death. The victims of the second offence were an aged farmer couple, beaten because they had protested the accused’s taking of their rice stock.
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Unusual for cases before this war crimes court, the JAG advised a great reduction in the accused's sentence. This was so because the JAG was of the opinion that the court had erred in its findings.
Komaba, Kanekechi. Employed in the Construction Department of the Imperial Japanese Navy Civil Administration (Minseibu). Civilian. From Japan. Guilty. Life imprisonment. Sentence reduced. 10 years' imprisonment.
Greene, B.E. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president. Solicitor.
Holland, E.L. Major. From British military.
Webster, W.A. Captain. From British military.
Lala, G.C. Captain. Indian Advocate.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Foss, C.E. Captain. From British military.