KANAZAWA, Ishikawa Pref. (Kyodo) The Nagoya High Court’s Kanazawa branch ordered the state Wednesday to pay 200,000 yen in damages to a former Kanazawa Prison inmate for not posting two letters he wrote to his lawyer in 2003 about a damages suit he wanted to file against the facility.

The court cut the amount from the 300,000 yen ordered paid in May 2005 by the Kanazawa District Court, which said it was illegal for the prison not to mail the letters and to have punished Yuki Kizawa, 36, for fighting with another inmate — the subject of his letters.

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