• Kyodo


The Fukuoka High Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty for a mobster and his son for four murders in 2004 in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, in conspiracy with his wife and younger son, both of whom have also been sentenced to hang.

Judge Katsuhiko Masaki, presiding, turned down an appeal filed by Jitsuo Kitamura, 64, and his son, Takashi, 27, against the death sentence handed down in February 2007 by the Fukuoka District Court’s Kurume branch. Last December, the high court also upheld the death sentence for Kitamura’s wife, Mami, 48, and son, Takahiro, 23.

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