Defendant: Munehiro, Genichi, Corporal, Japanese Army, Civilian Guardd
att Fifth Branch Camp (Innoshima PW Camp), Hiroshima Area, Honshu, Japan
Docket No./ Date: 140/ June 25 - Jul 24, 1947, Yokohama, Japan
Charge: Violations of the laws and customs of war: 1. Did willfully and
unlawfully mistreat and abuse PWs (spec 1-5, 8, 9) 2. Did willfully and
unlawfully mistreat PW (spec 11, 15)
Specifications: beating using among others bamboo stick, fist; forcing
PWs to kneel for a long period of time; kicking;
Verdict: 3 years CHL
Reviewing Authority's Recommendations: Accused beat, struck, kicked and
mistreated PWs for no apparent reason (none cited by the reviewer).
Reviewing Authority: Accused admitted to kicking one PW for refusing
to obey an order and for demonstrating an "attitude of resistance
toward the accused." The accused admitted to punishing a PW for illegally
having a lamp lighter but the punishment was kneeling on the floor of
his office and punishment did not include striking the PW at any time.
He also admitted to striking two other PWs for stealing articles from
the company; on another occasion, he kicked a PW for lieing and for not
being at roll call. He did not recall the others incidents alleged nor
did he recall abusing any of the other PWs mentioned in the specifications.
He reported some of these occasions to the camp commander
Prosecution Arguments: There are no procedural errors of irregularities
which injuriously affect any substantial rights of the accused. There
was sufficient legal evidence, "which is of such quality and quantity
as practically to compel in the minds of conscientious and reasonable
men the findings of guilty."
Defense Arguments: George R. Taylor, Reviewer
Judge Advocate's Recommendations: Allan R. Browne, Lt. Col. JAGD, stated
that he felt the sentences were inadequate for the charges of which the
accused was found guilty. He goes on to put down the same statement as
used before in previous trials about the "blackest rogue" being
entitled to an early trial under the "englightened rules of civilized