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Military Trials of War Criminals in the Netherlands East Indies 1946-1949$
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Fred L. Borch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777168

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777168.001.0001

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Preparing for Trial

Preparing for Trial

Gathering Evidence and Selecting Cases for Prosecution

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Military Trials of War Criminals in the Netherlands East Indies 1946-1949

Fred L. Borch

Oxford University Press

Netherlands East Indies authorities faced a number of obstacles in preparing for trial. Many Japanese nationals who had committed war crimes in the Indies were no longer available. Some were dead, some were missing (whereabouts unknown), some had already been repatriated to Japan and consequently were beyond the reach of the Dutch. Of the Japanese who were in custody, it was not easy to build a prosecution case. Memories fade over time and persons who had been victims in 1942 were not always able to identify their assailants. Language barriers (the Dutch and Eurasian victims did not speak, much less understand, Japanese) meant that the victims often did not know the name of the person who had harmed them. This chapter looks at the practical problems faced by the Dutch in prosecuting war crimes.

Keywords:   cross-racial identification, evidence of war crimes, repatriation of Japanese war criminals, United Nations War Crimes Commission, war crimes investigations

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