In re Muller

16 Am. J. Int’l L. 684 (1922)

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In re Muller

Leipzig Supreme Court
16 Am. J. Int’l L. 684 (1922)

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Facts

Muller (defendant), a Captain in the Reserve, was placed in command of a camp of English prisoners of war. Muller did not treat the prisoners as subordinates. Instead, Muller treated the prisoners as convicts, often hitting or insulting the prisoners as a way to maintain order in the deteriorated conditions of the camp. In addition, Muller often forced sick prisoners to work. Ultimately, instead of earning the prisoners’ confidence, Muller kicked and beat prisoners into following his orders. Even so, the court noted that Muller did not intend to be cruel or act dishonorably but was merely overexcited, feared disorder, and did not know how to handle men. After the war, Muller was tried for beating and insulting prisoners of war under his command.

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