WAR CRIMES: The Prosecution Rests

The prosecution at Tokyo's International Military Tribunal for the Far East rested its case last week. The defense went through the formality of a motion for dismissal, then buckled down to the task of defending the 26 Japanese in the dock (including. ex-Prime Minister Tojo and ex-Foreign Minister Shigemitsu). The charges: "Crimes against peace, murder, conventional war crimes and crimes against humanity."

The prosecution had taken eight weary months to build up its case, and the defense would probably take no less. The testimony of 103 witnesses, mostly Japanese, had been translated into English, Russian, French, Chinese. The prosecution had...

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