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Prosecution clerk who leaked info to yakuza gets suspended prison term

Kyodo

A former employee of the Shizuoka District Public Prosecutor’s Office was sentenced to a suspended one-year prison term Friday for leaking sensitive investigative information to yakuza.

Miho Suzuki, 30, was found guilty by the Shizuoka District Court of violating the law that prohibits public servants from leaking government information. Her sentence was suspended for four years.

The court also convicted Akira Suzuki, 38, with whom Suzuki lived but is not married or related to, and Makoto Sakai, 39, a senior member of an affiliate of the Yamaguchi-gumi syndicate, for their respective roles.

Akira Suzuki, a carpenter, was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for three years, for asking Suzuki to provide information to the mobster, with whom he was friends. The court sent Sakai away for a seven-month stretch.

Prosecutors wanted each defendant to do time for a year.

The information leaked by Suzuki, who was in charge of managing the information system of the branch prosecutors, included details about a scam that involved other members of the yakuza syndicate. Suzuki accessed that information while at work and in December 2012 emailed it to Sakai, at his and Akira Suzuki’s request.