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Escape from Justice: The Failed Prosecutions of Baron Takasaki Masamitsu

Taucher, P. (2019) Escape from Justice: The Failed Prosecutions of Baron Takasaki Masamitsu. War in History, 28 (1). pp. 184-199.

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Takasaki Masamitsu was a suspected Japanese war criminal prosecuted by both the Dutch and Australian militaries after the Second World War. In both trials, he was acquitted, despite strong circumstantial evidence connecting him to several war crimes committed against Allied prisoners. Takasaki was also connected to several other war crimes, but never faced trial. Takasaki’s case provides a prime example of how suspects could exploit the system to escape successful prosecution in the post-war trials.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage Publications
Copyright: © 2019 by SAGE Publications
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