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Ex-mufti Cannot Be Brought to Trial Under Present Policy on War Criminals, Jackson Says

Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg trial, today declared that the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem, who recently escaped from France, will not be tried as a war criminal before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, unless Washington officials initiate a change in policy to include Asiatic as well as European Axis criminals within the court’s jurisdiction. This will require the concurrence of all interested powers, Justice Jackson emphasized.

This is the essence of a reply cabled by Justice Jackson to Edgar Ansel Mowrer, columnist of the New York Post, who submitted documentary evidence that the ex-Mufti was a party to the Nazi mass-murder of six million Jews in Europe. Jackson indicated that he would be very much interested in examining Mowrer’s documents.