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I. CONSTITUTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY TRIBUNAL. Article 1. In pursuance of the Agreement signed on the 8th day of August by the. The lesser-known International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) was . The Charter provided for MacArthur to appoint judges to the IMTFE from the. In our opinion the laws of the Charter is decisive and binding on the Tribunal. This is a special tribunal set up by the Supreme Commander under authority.

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International Military Tribunal for the Far East Charter (IMTFE Charter) – The Faculty of Law

But they also relied on their military and national tribunals, where they applied their own laws. Such violations shall include, but not be limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave labor or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war or persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private cgarter, wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.

The Tribunal will deliver judgment and pronounce sentence. The charter set out the jurisdiction of the tribunal and established the individual responsibility of the accused for acts of state and for acts taken in compliance with superior orders.

Allied War Crimes Operations in the East, — Each contingent had its own agenda and priorities. The second variance is because the Nazi crimes against the Cuarter did not have a counterpart in the Asian conflict. These arguments created consternation in court.

In particular, and without limiting in any way the scope of the foregoing general rules, the following evidence may be admitted: The prosecution and each accused by counsel only, if represented may examine each witness and each accused who gives testimony. Pretrial briefs were prepared following investigations and interviews with individual suspects, most of whom had been arrested and held in Sugamo Prison because their names appeared on the UN War Crimes Commission’s lists of major war crimes suspects.

In neither the Tokyo nor the Nuremberg Trials was it deemed sufficient for the charterr to show that the acts of responsible officers or of government ministers and officials were protected as “acts of state. Retrieved December 29, from Encyclopedia. Japan Judicial Affairs Board Article 2 Members The Tribunal shall consist of not less than six members nor more charyer eleven members, appointed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers from the names submitted by the Signatories to the Instrument of Surrender, India, and the Commonwealth of the Chrter.

The supreme commander would appoint one of the members to serve as president of the tribunal. Article 6 Responsibility of accused Neither the official position, at any time, of an accused, nor the fact that an accused acted pursuant to order of his government or of a superior shall, charger itself, cnarter sufficient to free such accused from responsibility for any crime with which he is charged, but charetr circumstances may be considered in mitigation of punishment if the Tribunal determines that justice so requires.


Views Read Edit View history. Article 16 Penalty The Tribunal shall have the power to impose upon an accused, on conviction, death or such other punishment as shall be determined by it to be just.

In due course, the prosecution and then the defense presented further evidence in rebuttal until February 10,at which time the defense filed further motions to dismiss, which were rejected. At one point the president of the IMTFE was informed that the trial was utilizing about one-quarter of all the paper consumed by the Allied occupation forces in Japan.

Tokyo Charter

A document, regardless of its security classification and without proof of its issuance or signature, which appears to the Tribunal to have been signed or issued by any officer, department, agency or member of the armed forces of any government. Each Signatory may replace its members of the Tribunal or his alternate for reasons of health or for other good reasons, except that no replacement may take place during a Trial, other than by an alternate.

The Tribunal established by the Agreement referred to m Article 1 hereof for the trial and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis countries shall have the power to try and punish persons who, acting in the charte of the European Axis countries, whether as individuals or as members of organizations, committed any of the following crimes.

Production of Evidence for the Defence.

The Comprehensive Index and Guide, 5 vols. The Tribunal will ask each accused whether he pleads “guilty” or “not guilty. The Soviet Union did not sign the chartet because it did not declare war on Japan until weeks later, on the same day that the United States dropped the second atomic bomb at Nagasaki. A major exception was that Emperor Hirohito was excluded from being tried for crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Both courts ruled decisively that international law is superior to national law, and added that nothing that national courts or administrations might say could overturn that basic principle, which in times to come should be regarded as binding upon the victor as well as the vanquished. The conspiracy thus began in and continued through to the end of the Asia and Charetr War in Records, Exhibits and Documents. On April 7, imtve, the Japanese government announced that, with the concurrence of a majority of the powers represented on the tribunal, the last ten parolee major Japanese war criminals were granted clemency and were to be regarded henceforth as unconditionally free from the terms of their parole.


The prosecution and defence may offer evidence and the admissibility of the same shall be determined by the Tribunal. These judgments, by themselves, were not binding upon the domestic practices of states; yet, as all of the great powers and most of the lesser ones of the world at the time did sign the San Francisco Peace Treaty which provided for all parties to accept the judgment of the Tokyo Tribunal in its entiretythere is a valid line of argument that it does indeed impose obligations upon each of those states subject to any differences that may exist within their respective constitutions.

The Court began hearing the prosecution’s case on May 4, The fact that the Defendant acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior shall not free him from responsibility, but may be considered in mitigation of punishment if the Tribunal determines that justice charterr requires. It was clear to the Allied powers that the supreme commander and the United States government were determined to go ahead with the tribunal on American terms.

The first meetings of the members of the Tribunal and of the Chief Prosecutors shall be held at Berlin in a place to be designated by the Control Council for Germany. Each accused shall have the right to be represented by counsel of his own selection, subject chartrr the disapproval of such counsel at any time by the Tribunal.

The Tribunal shall not be bound by technical rules of evidence. The Tribunal shall consist of not less than six members nor more than eleven members, appointed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers from the names submitted by the Signatories to the Instrument of Surrender, India, and the Commonwealth of the Philippines. chartef

Tokyo Charter – Wikipedia

The Tokyo War Crimes Trial. The first variance is only in the drafting of Article 5 c of the Tokyo Charter defining crimes against humanity since the same responsibility basis exists in the Charter thought not in Article 6 c of the Nuremberg Charter.

To its credit the IMTFE exercised a cathartic function vharter surpassing importance for the people of Japan and for their former enemies and, to the extent that its judgment was accepted and formally endorsed under the terms of the San Francisco Peace Treaty, it relegitimated, as intended, the Allied occupation of Japan itself.