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War Crimes (Trials)

Volume 441: debated on Monday 28 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the trial of General Tojo and other Japanese leaders for war crimes has been adjourned: and on what grounds the Russian Government has refused to allow certain Japanese generals to be examined at the trial.

At the request of the defence the Tribunal granted a recess from 23rd June to 4th August in order to enable the defence to prepare and shorten the remainder of their case. Although none of the Japanese whose presence has been requested at the trial, and who are held as prisoners of war by the Soviet authorities, has so far appeared, I understand that the Tribunal knows of no actual refusal by the Soviet authorities to return the prisoners.