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World's 'Longest-Serving' Death Row Inmate Granted Retrial
Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, March 28, 2014

Posted on 03/28/2014 4:25:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Hideko Hakamada, sister of former boxer Iwao Hakamada who has been on death row in Japan for 48 years, holding a picture of her young brother Iwao during an interview outside the Tokyo Detention House in Tokyo. (AFP) A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate was Thursday granted a retrial in Japan over multiple murders in 1966, decades after doubts emerged about his guilt.

Shizuoka District Court decided to "start the retrial over the case" of Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was convicted for the grisly murder of his boss and the man's family, a court official said.

Delivering his ruling, presiding judge Hiroaki Murayama cited possible planting of evidence by investigators to win a conviction as they sought to bring closure to a crime that shocked the country.

(Excerpt) Read more at emirates247.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Japan
KEYWORDS: deathrow; japan; murder

1 posted on 03/28/2014 4:25:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“The only thing cruel and unusual about the death penalty are the stays.” — El Rushbo


2 posted on 03/28/2014 4:28:07 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: nickcarraway

78?

Convicted in 1966 and sentenced to death.

Still alive in 2014?

Just release him already.


3 posted on 03/28/2014 4:28:13 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: nickcarraway

Reprieve hearing for the dead victims..., still pending...


4 posted on 03/28/2014 4:28:29 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: BenLurkin
"Convicted in 1966..."

There were still Japanese soldiers dug in the Phillipine jungles when this joker was sentenced....

5 posted on 03/28/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway
... presiding judge Hiroaki Murayama cited possible planting of evidence by investigators to win a conviction as they sought to bring closure to a crime that shocked the country.

Wait'...in 48 years this insinuation of planting evidence is just now coming to light...

6 posted on 03/28/2014 4:30:53 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: nickcarraway

People don’t realize that the Japanese legal system is very different than ours. When you are arrested in Japan you are assumed guilty and they will put all sorts of pressure on you to admit that guilt. Also, like the US, the prosecutors/Judges would consider it a grave loss of face to lose so the deck is very much stacked against you so most just plead guilty. Actually the more I think about it the more I think that the US and Japanese systems are the same after all.


7 posted on 03/28/2014 4:38:42 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: trapped_in_LA

I started to read your post and was all ready to write your wrong but you saved yourself at the end.


8 posted on 03/28/2014 4:52:40 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: nickcarraway

Japanese laws are very different —after your initial arrest they can hold you with NO CHARGES FILED for up to 24 days, I believe, and they are relentlessly interrogating you that whole time.

The pressure is intense, and there are many cases of innocent people confessing to crimes they were innocent of.

The conviction rate in Japan is over 99%.


9 posted on 03/28/2014 4:59:11 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway

Even in Japan an innocent person getting near the needle is rare.


10 posted on 03/28/2014 5:00:43 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: DoughtyOne

264 hours of brutal interrogation before a “confession” along with most likely planted and altered evidence...


11 posted on 03/28/2014 5:00:58 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: gaijin

The emphasis on confessions in Japan is excessive.

Did you know that in Japan there is no obligation for the jailers to even INFORM your family that you have been executed? It is always by hanging.

It is common for them to answer all inquiries about the prisoner with, “He is busy” or “He is unavailable” —for months they will do that, sometimes for years.

Daily life in a Japanese prison is much more highly regimented than would be believed here, I think. It is mostly clean and meals are regular, but there is a very high emphasis on conformity to regimentation —something that is already stressed in ordinary “over-the-wall” Japanese society.

Non-Japanese who emerge alive from the system (almost always followed by swift deportation) are described as unbelievable polite, and utterly transformed.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 5:06:00 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: BenLurkin
Just release him already.

"The judge also ordered Hakamada's release, saying continued confinement "goes against justice".

13 posted on 03/28/2014 5:19:27 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: nickcarraway

Better late than never, I guess. I wonder if he has any living relatives or friends.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 5:22:16 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Valpal1

His sister, 81 yo, has been working to have his case reexamined for the past decades.


15 posted on 03/28/2014 5:33:27 PM PDT by Actually_in_Tokyo (ahead of the game)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s longer than some first degree murder sentences handed down in the U.S.


16 posted on 03/28/2014 5:36:20 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (God is not the author of confusion. 1 Cor 13: 33)
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To: BenLurkin
Convicted in 1966 and sentenced to death.

Still alive in 2014?

Just release execute him him already.

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There, fixed it.

17 posted on 03/28/2014 9:34:48 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: nickcarraway

There are numerous examples in the U.S. where framed individuals were imprisoned for decades when cops and prosecutors knew they were innocent.


18 posted on 03/28/2014 9:40:52 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: nickcarraway
In other news, the Wikipedia still uses the present tense to refer to Shoko Asahara, of Tokyo subway sarin gas fame. He's been on death row since 2004, and his execution was further postponed in June 2012.

http://japandailypress.com/tag/shoko-asahara/

19 posted on 03/28/2014 9:56:10 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: gaijin

I think the Japanese have the right idea about making prison a place where you have to conform and adhere, not get all sorts of catering that US prisoners get.


20 posted on 03/28/2014 10:50:52 PM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: SeaHawkFan

It’s happening more and more and more lately and it’s out of control. I really think our justice system has gone gaflooey.


21 posted on 03/28/2014 10:55:52 PM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Axenolith

Thanks for the mention.

I believe in law and order for everyone, so if that’s the case, then I believe in it for this guy just like anyone else.

The subtle problem with blaming the wrong guy is that it short-circuits the search for the real culprits.

I consider improprieties in the to be deserving of severe penalties.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 8:43:41 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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