Bachee bin O.K.K. Hassan
Case Name: Shimizu Kiyoji [Kiyogi] and others | Person in Portrait: Bachee bin O.K.K. Hassan | Relation to Case: Prosecution Witness
In July 1946, at a war crimes court in the Chinese Secretariat building, a Malay businessman is at the centre of a keenly followed trial of eight members of the Jesselton (British North Borneo) Kempeitai. The accused face numerous charges, including the forcible removal of residents from Mentanani Island, torture of arrested men, as well as machine-gunning of women and children. Evidence provided by Bachee bin O.K.K. Hassan is discussed at length during the trial, and for good reason: as an interpreter for the Japanese, his eyewitness testimony and ability to identify the accused are damning for those on trial. The prosecution’s case hinges on his evidence.Read More
Tan Jing Min graduated from Cambridge Law and was recently a Research Apprentice at the Centre of International Law. She strongly believes in the emancipatory potential of academia and is interested in how we can reckon with the imperialist origins of international law, while using international law as a tool of justice advocacy in the Global South.