DATE OF CRIMES
Between May 1945 and June 1945
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
DATE OF TRIAL
3, 4 and 5 June 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
The defendant, Warrant Officer Mizukami Iwao, was alleged to have been involved in two separate incidents.
Mizukami was first accused of beating two victims, Basant Lal and Ijaz Ali, with a stick after they were unable to provide him with the whereabouts of a coolie suspected of being a British spy.
A few days later, Mizukami ordered two other victims, Ram Swamy and Ghulam Nabi, to be taken into custody after they were suspected of plotting to kill Japanese soldiers with a knife following a British air raid. While in custody, Mizukami was accused of beating and torturing both victims, resulting in the death of Ram.
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Mizukami's acquittal and the court's interventions showed its concern of the lack of evidence showing that a war crime was committed.
The second prosecution witness, Ram Hari, was also made to demonstrate the beatings administered by Mizukami on Basant Lal and Ijaz Ali.
The court also took time to shed light on the nature of the Court of Inquiry in the Andamans. The object of the Court of Inquiry was merely to decide whether there was a war crime charge to be made against an accused person, and to give the convening officer some idea of what form the charge would take.
Mizukami, Iwao. Warrant Officer. From Japanese military. From Japan. Not guilty.
Smith, H. E. R. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court president.
Hebden, E. H. Major. From British military.
Khan, T. A. Captain. From British Indian Army. LLB Advocate from India.
Lalla, G. C. Captain. From British Indian Army. Advocate (India).
Takeshi, Musakami. Judge of District Court, Yamagata, Japan.
DEFENCE ADVISORY OFFICERS
Phillips, L. G. Captain. From British military.