INDONESIA: The Jungschlaeger Case

In none of the newly independent nations of the Far East is hatred for the disinherited colonial masters so bitter and abiding as in Indonesia; in none is the notion of simple courtroom justice so little understood. Indonesia's bitterness and its slap-happy courtroom practices have reached fever pitch in the year-long trial of Leon Nicolaas Jungschlaeger, a 52-year-old Dutch citizen accused of conspiring to overthrow the Indonesian government. The Jungschlaeger case has become a cause celebre throughout Indonesia and The Netherlands.

Jungschlaeger, a onetime ship's captain, was head of the Dutch Military Intelligence in Indonesia after World War II. He...