Hashimoto Minoru and others
DATE OF CRIMES
Between 1 December 1944 and 31 July 1945. In or about May, June, July 1945.
LOCATION OF CRIMES
Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India
DATE OF TRIAL
27, 29, 30, and 31 May 1946
LOCATION OF TRIAL
Two charges were tried during this trial.
The facts of the 1st charge are as follows: Lieutenant Hashimoto Minoru and Corporal Kurosawa Sadao suspected 3 civilian coolies, Khan Mohd, Satar and Subha, of stealing and so arrested, tied, and suspended them from a tree. Hashimoto and Kurosawa then lit a fire underneath and burned them, causing the death of two coolies. The last coolie was still alive when he was cut down, so Hashimoto killed him by stabbing him in the throat with his sword.
The facts of the 2nd charge are as follows: Lieutenant Hashimoto caught 3 civilian youths stealing rice and tied them up but they escaped. One of them, Aslam, was recaptured, whereupon Hashimoto shot him at a trench and buried him there.
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It was noted that the Lieutenant Hashimoto worked as a a teacher prior to the war, yet was able to treat the civilians captured with exceptional cruelty.
Hashimoto, Minoru. Lieutenant. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. Death by hanging. Sentence confirmed.
Kurosawa, Sadao. Corporal. From Japanese military. From Japan. Guilty. Death by hanging. Sentence confirmed.
Smith, H.E.R. Lieutenant Colonel. From British military. Court President.
Hebden, E.N. Major. From British military.
Khan, T.A. Captain. From British Indian Army. LL.B., Advocate of India.
Khan, A.M. From British Indian Army. B.A. LL.B. Pleader.
Uchida, Zenjiro. Civilian. From Japan. Judge, District Court, Nagoya.