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The Sendai District Court ordered Miyagi Gov. Shiro Asano on Thursday to disclose how much the prefectural police force paid informers during investigations.

But the court dismissed a request by a citizens’ ombudsman group in Sendai to disclose to whom and for what purposes the money was spent.

According to a complaint filed in April 2001 by the group, the prefectural government revealed some police data for fiscal 1999 in accordance with the group’s request in February 2001, but declined to disclose when and to whom the police paid the rewards.

This is the first court ruling on the disclosure of police payments to informers.

The previously disclosed data showed that such money was spent on paying informers with investigations, as gratuities to outside lecturers for police-sponsored road safety activities, and on citations for martial arts competitions of the prefectural force. However, it did not give an actual breakdown as to how much was spent on each.

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