December 1, 2021


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Death row inmates sued the government

Two death row inmates in Japan have taken legal action against the Japanese government, which, according to them, has condemned the practice of warning prisoners a few hours before the execution as illegal and a source of psychological distress.

Japan is one of the most industrialized countries to use the death penalty, and there are currently more than 100 prisoners on death row in the country. Executions are usually carried out after the conviction, always.

22 million yen

The move, which began Thursday in Osaka (West) court, seeks to warn those sentenced to death about the impending execution and, according to their lawyer, 22 million yen (approximately 167,000 euros) in compensation for the stress. “It violates human dignityYutaka Ueda told the AFP that executions are usually announced to offenders one to two hours in advance, preventing them from seeing their lawyer or appealing.

Every morning when they hear the noise of the shoes of the guards they live in fear saying to themselves ‘maybe today’.Japan executed three convicts in 2019 and 15 in 2018, including 13 members of the Om faction involved in the Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.

The handcuffed and blindfolded criminals are led through a trap door that opens under their feet, through a mechanism triggered simultaneously by three guards who ignore one of the three pushputs attached to the wall of the adjoining room. Which is active. Japan “Not much information about the execution has been releasedSo there is little discussion on this matter, Ueda said. Despite criticism from abroad, especially from human rights organizations, public support for the death penalty remains strong.

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