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The Trial of the Kaiser$
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William A. Schabas

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198833857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198833857.001.0001

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Readying the Case for Trial

Readying the Case for Trial

(p.224) 15 Readying the Case for Trial
The Trial of the Kaiser

William A. Schabas

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Lloyd George’s offer to host the trial in England was accepted by the Council of Four. But when the Prime Minister told Parliament that it would take place in London, King George V, who was the cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm II, objected strenuously. The Powers did not meet to plan the trial and organise the prosecution, although the British assigned a government lawyer to prepare a brief and to instruct two barristers. Completed in December 1919, the brief was amateurish and incomplete, reflecting either a lack of will to proceed with the trial or else a self-confidence that establishing guilt would be a simple matter. It was almost exclusively based upon published sources in the public domain.

Keywords:   King George V, London, David Lloyd George, prosecution, George Curzon, Raymond Wybrow Woods, Kautsky papers

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