Trial Proceedings of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East
This chapter focuses on the trial proceedings of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. Dr. Mei first outlines the basic provisions on trial proceedings in the Tokyo Charter. Because the Tokyo Charter was drafted by people from the common law system, the whole trial was influenced by the traditions of the common law system. He then goes on to elaborate on the procedures for the presentation and adoption of exhibits and the procedure of witnesses appearing and testifying in court. There were four stages of witness testifying and accepting examination, namely, direct examination, cross examination, re-direct examination, and re-cross examination. After that, he discusses the controversy over the adoption of “affidavit” from those witnesses who were unable to come to court and the defendant’s confession as evidence. Finally, he criticizes the complexity of the interrogation procedure, which is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why the trial of International Military Tribunal for the Far East had dragged on for two and a half years.