Coulson faces retrial on News Corp. bribery charges

Jul 1, 2014

Coulson faces retrial on News Corp. bribery charges

Andy Coulson, who will be sentenced this week over phone hacking, will be retried on bribery charges after a London jury failed to reach verdicts following an eight- month trial into wrongdoing at News Corp. tabloids. Coulson, the former editor of the News of ...

Hakamada has first appearance as reprieve pends

Apr 14, 2014

Hakamada has first appearance as reprieve pends

by Tomohiro Osaki

Apparently perplexed but yet thrilled to find himself in the spotlight, Iwao Hakamada, formerly the world’s longest-serving death-row inmate, appeared for the first time in public Monday since being hospitalized after his release. Supporters cheered Hakamada at an event in Tokyo to raise his ...

Mar 31, 2014

Hanged man maintained innocence to the end

Michitoshi Kuma, who was hanged in 2008 for the kidnapping and killing of two girls in Fukuoka, argued his innocence right up until his execution. Kuma continued to assert his innocence even after his death sentence was finalized in 2006, saying “the truth will ...

Mar 27, 2014

Amnesty: Let 'tragedy' be a lesson to Japan's courts

by Tomohiro Osaki

Prosecutors must swiftly accept Thursday’s Shizuoka District Court decision to reopen a high-profile 1966 murder case and get to the truth behind the conviction of former professional boxer Iwao Hakamada, the Japan branch of Amnesty International said after the ruling. After nearly five decades ...

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

Mar 27, 2014

Sister's long years of support finally pay off

Hideko Hakamada, the 81-year-old sister of Iwao Hakamada, who was on death row more than three decades after he was convicted of murdering a family of four in Shizuoka Prefecture, expressed delight Thursday after learning he was being freed while his case is re-examined. ...

Dec 4, 2013

Court calls end to plea seeking 'Teigin' retrial

The Tokyo High Court will drop the retrial plea for the late Sadamichi Hirasawa, who was condemned over the infamous 1948 “Teigin Incident” murder case, because his adopted son, who was pursuing the appeal, died in October. Takehiko Hirasawa, who had filed the plea, ...