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A lawyer said Thursday he will sue the government for damages because a prison in Hiroshima illegally turned down his request to meet with a death-row inmate to arrange for a retrial petition — 11 days before the prisoner was hanged late last year, a fact that the attorney had apparently gotten wind of in advance.

“Meetings are permitted under the law on the treatment of prisoners if they pertain to the significant interests of inmates,” said Shuichi Adachi, who was turned away by the Hiroshima Detention House when he tried to meet with Hiroaki Hidaka, 44.

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