Table A: Statistics - Australian war crimes trials1

Table compiled in AG Coordination, Army Headquarters, 1958 - MP742, A336/1/29 2

Place Trials Accused Tried Accused Convicted Accused Acquitted Death Imprisonment
Hanging Shooting Life 25 yrs 11-24 yrs 10 yrs Under 10 yrs
Labuan (3/12/45 - 31/1/46) 163 145 128 17 2 5 5 - 56 38 22
Wewak (30/11 - 11/12/45) 2 2 1 1 - - - - - - 1
Morotai4 (29/11/45 - 28/2/46) 25 148 81 675 - 25 - - 10 7 39
Rabaul6 (12/12/45 - 6/8/47) 188 390 266 124 84 3 8 2 49 22 98
Darwin (1/3 - 29/4/46) 3 22 10 12 - 1 - - - 1 8
Singapore (26/6/46 - 11/6/47) 23 62 51 11 18 - 6 - 10 3 14
Hong Kong (24/11/47 - 25/11/48) 13 42 38 4 5 - 4 - 12 3 14
Manus Is (5/6/50 - 9/4/51) 26 113 69 44 5 - 16 - 17 6 25
Total 2967 9248 644 2809 114 34 39 2 154 80 223

Footnotes

1 These figures incorporate the variations made to the findings and sentences by the confirming authority.

2 This Table reproduced as in the original except for the addition of trial dates and explanatory footnotes

3 The figure 16 would appear to be a clerical error. The register from which the Table was compiled shows 145 accused tried at Labuan in 15 trials.

4 Included here is trial of SHIROZU Wadami and 90 others (M45) which began at Ambon 2-18 January 1946 and ended at Morotai 25 January to 15 February 1946. The figures for that trial are: Accused 91, Not Guilty 55, Convicted 34 (Shooting 4, 11-34 years 5, 10 years 2, under 10 years 25).

5 According to the Register from which this Table was compiled, this figure should be 66.

6 The trials at Rabaul took place over three periods: 12 December 1945-31 July 1946 (R1-167); 7 December 1946-23 January 1947 (R168-R170); and 3 April 1947-6 August 1947 (R172-R188).

7 This figure does not include 5 trials (either aborted before a finding was made or where the finding of guilty was not confirmed) where the same accused were subsequently retried on the same charges: (i) YAMAMOTO Shoichi and 11 others, Labuan 23-28 January 1946 (M36), not confirmed, retried at Rabaul 20-27 May 1946 (R125); (ii) NEGISHI Kazue, Rabaul 12-13 February 1946 (unnumbered), aborted, retried 21-22 May 1947 (R178); (iii) SATO Jin, Rabaul, 25-26 April 1946 (unnumbered), aborted, retried Hong Kong 3-8 December 1948 (JK12); (iv) HAYASHI Eishun, Singapore 25 June 1946 (S2), not confirmed, retried 10-12 March 1947 (S27); (v) NAGATOMO Yoshitada and 14 others, Singapore 24-31 July 1946 (unnumbered), aborted, retried 8 August-16 September 1946 (S12).

8 As some were defendants in more than one trial, the total number of persons tried was 814 (not 924). For this and the additional reason that 2 condemned men died in custody, the total number executed was 137 (not 148).

9 According to the registers from which this Table was compiled, this figure comprises: (i) 253 found not guilty by the court - Labaun 17, Wewak 1, Morotai 65 (incl. Ambon 55), Darwin 12, Rabaul 102, Singapore 10, Hong Kong 3, Manus 43; (ii) 26 whose convictions were not confirmed - Morotai 1, Rabaul 22, Singapore 1, Hong Kong 1, Manus 1.

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