HC Deb 12 December 1945 vol 417 c378
3. General Sir George Jeffreys

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement as to the courts before which war criminals, other than those principal ones now being tried, will be brought to trial; and whether it is proposed to bring such war criminals before military courts of the countries whose nationals have been the victims of the alleged crimes.

Mr. Bevin

British military courts set up under the Royal Warrant, Army Order 81, 1945, are competent to try all war criminals who may be found in British zones of occupation. Under the provisions of this Army Order, representatives of our Allies may be asked to sit as members of such British military courts when cases are being heard involving their nationals. In cases where war crimes have been committed against the nationals of or on the territory of one of our Allies and there are no British victims, the accused men will normally, in accordance with the terms of the Three-Power Declaration issued at Moscow on 1stNovember, 1943, be sent back to the countries in which their offences were committed, in order that they may be judged and punished according to the laws of the countries concerned.

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