Examine the case of the prosecution and the defense. Then decide: Which side are you on?
Do Contradictions Undermine the Plot?
The Amboyna case centres on multiple confessions that were extracted via torture. But these testimonies were sometimes flatly contradictory. Some of the accussed said that the Japanese plotted to seize the castle for themselves, others that everything was orchestrated by the English. Some said that the conspirators would seize the governor, others that the attack would only take place when the governor was away. For the Prosecution, these are simply irrelevant details that do nothing to change the central fact that there was a plot. For the Defense, they reveal that there was no plot. When tortured, the accused simply reached for any details they could think of and the lack of uniformity between confessions exposes the flawed nature of the case.