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United States v. Rogers [1872]


United States v. Rogers

United States Consular Court, Hong Kong

Source: The Friend of India (Calcutta, India), 1 February 1872

A serious case of forgery of native kinsats has been lately heard in the U.S. Consular Court Hong Kong.  It appears that the prisoner, John Rogers, some fifteen months ago induced two Japanese to engrave a block assimilating to the rio paper money.  This was done, and shortly afterwards the natives were caught, together with two other men, passing the bad "sats." They were imprisoned and tortured to confess, thus leading to the arrest of the man Rogers who was put upon his trial, but owing to the miserable appearance of the tortured witnesses, the Consul would not accept their testimony, and Rogers was released on bail, which he forfeited by escaping to Shanghai.  He was arrested there, and brought back, and two of the witnesses who had somewhat recovered, (the other two in the meantime dying from the effects of ill-treatment in prison) gave evidence against him, which led to his conviction and sentence of one years' imprisonment with hard labour, at the expiration of which he is to be deported.

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