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WAR CRIMES TRIALS

Former war crimes investigations headquarters. Present-day Goodwood Park Hotel, 2016. This image has been edited from an original coloured image. 
Original image courtesy of Goodwood Park Hotel.

SINGAPORE

WAR CRIMES TRIALS

Former trial venue. Present-day National Gallery Singapore, 2016. This image has been edited from an original coloured image. 
Original image courtesy of National Gallery Singapore.

SINGAPORE

WAR CRIMES TRIALS

Former trial venue. Present-day performing arts venue, Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, 2016. This image has been edited from an original coloured image. 
Original image courtesy of Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall. 

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WAR CRIMES TRIALS

Former trial venue. Present-day Changi Prison, 2016.
Image courtesy of © Sng Kiat Peng, reproduced with permission.

SINGAPORE

WAR CRIMES TRIALS

Crime location, visited by court. Present-day YMCA building, 2016.
Image courtesy of © Sng Kiat Peng, reproduced with permission.

ABOUT THE SINGAPORE WAR CRIMES TRIALS WEB PORTAL

After the Second World War, 131 war crimes trials were held in Singapore to address atrocities committed by Japan during the war. The Singapore War Crimes Trials Web Portal (the SGWCT Web Portal) aims to provide the public with one-stop access to the Singapore Trials by featuring comprehensive case summaries of these war crimes trials. It also provides clear links to relevant archival materials hosted by other websites. The SGWCT Web Portal aims to achieve dual objectives. First, the Portal aims to inspire interest in the general public by promoting the public’s appreciation of a crucial but under-explored aspect of Singapore’s legal heritage. Second, the Portal aims to be a jumping off point for those seeking to learn more about the Singapore War Crimes Trials. The co-founders of the SGWCT Web Portal are Dr Cheah Wui Ling and Ms Ng Pei Yi. The Portal is kindly supported by funding from Singapore's National Heritage Board and the Singapore Academy of Law.

Present-day memorial for 135 Japanese soldiers executed in Changi Gaol, 2016. Image courtesy of © Sng Kiat Peng, reproduced with permission.

This sets out the historical and political background of the Singapore War Crimes Trials. It describes the post-WWII landscape in which the trials took place.

Former crime location and Kempeitai detachment. Present-day aerial view of Oxley Rise, 2016. Image courtesy of © Sng Kiat Peng, reproduced with permission.

This section explains the legal framework and rules that regulated and applied in the Singapore War Crimes Trials.

Present-day grave of Terauchi Hisaichi (Commander of the Southern Expeditionary Army Group during WWII) at the Japanese Cemetery Park, Singapore, 2016. Image courtesy of © Sng Kiat Peng, reproduced with permission.

This section contains information about the accused, judges, and lawyers involved in the Singapore War Crimes Trials, such as their ranks, their institutional affiliation, and the role they played in these trials.

Approximate crime scene, visited by court. Present-day location of 14th Milestone in Changi, 2016. Image courtesy of © Sng Kiat Peng, reproduced with permission.

Case summaries of the Singapore War Crimes Trials contain information about the crime committed, dates of trial, trial personnel involved, and other interesting facts.