The Supreme Court’s No. 1 Petty Bench rejected an appeal July 7 from the attorneys of the 15-year-old suspect in the murder of Jun Hase to have the teen moved to an office for juvenile offenders.
The suspect is now undergoing interrogation at the Suma Police Station and has revealed to police information that has helped them fish from a pond the padlock and saw used to help strangle and behead the young boy. Contending that their client should be detained in a juvenile classification office, the attorneys first asked the Kobe District Court to nullify its authorization to detain the suspect.
However, the district court turned down the request, and the attorneys appealed to the top court, saying that the suspect might be forced into incriminating himself in testimony. The top court denied the attorney’s request, saying there are no legal grounds for such an appeal.