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The November 1944 execution of convicted Soviet spy Richard Sorge and his accomplice, Hotsumi Ozaki, was unfair, the Yokohama Bar Association said in a report based on 10 years of research.

Japanese authorities arrested Sorge, Ozaki and others in October 1941. Sorge and Ozaki were charged with violating the National Security Maintenance Law because they reported to Moscow on Japan’s decision to advance into Southeast Asia and to maintain its neutrality regarding the war between Germany and the Soviet Union, according to the bar group’s report, titled “Reading the Rulings on the Sorge Incident.”

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