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BREACHES OF LAWS OF WAR.

TRIBUTE TO MR MASSEY. LONDON, April 14. Official. —The recommendations of. the Commission on breaches of the laws of war fire now before the Supreme Council. It is practically certain that the verdict of the international jury will be endorsed and the findings adopted. The main counfcsin the indictment are as follows: The war was premeditated by the Central Powers, Turkey, and Bulgaria, and was a result of deliberate acts to make it

unavoidable, Germany deliberately j worked to defeat the Entente's conciliatory proposals. That the neutrality of Belgium. and Luxemburg was deliberately violated. That the war was carried on by the Central Empires and their allies by barbarous methods. That the facts of the crimes are enI umerated in thirty-two different cate- ! gories. Though incomplete, they are ! indisputably vouched for, and cry for I justice. That alt the offenders, irrespective of rank; including the heads of States, are liable to criminal prosecution. That an international tribunal and national tribunals be established for the trial of the guilty persons. That the Allied Powers take steps to secure the surrender by neutral Governments of persons within their territories for trial by such Courts. Many tributes have been paid to Mr Massey for. his work as a. member of the Commission and chairman of the Sub-Commission on Facts . and the Drafting Committee. Sir hi. Pollock, Solicitor-General in a notable letter to Mr Massey, refers to Mr Massey's determination and diplomacy, and says: "I "Speak on behalf of tile Attorney-General as well as myself when 1 ask you to accept our gratitude, also our appreciation of the way in which you fulfilled your double duties as a member of the Commission and chairman of the Sub-Commission. Without skill and judgment your task as chairman might have proved interminable, and it is to your power of getting the Sub-Commission to work dis- ' crirninately and to co-operate together that we owe the succinct and accurate table of facts that forms part of our complete report." Mr Massey left to-day on an official visit to London. i ■'

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BREACHES OF LAWS OF WAR., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919

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BREACHES OF LAWS OF WAR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9588, 16 April 1919

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