Pair held over ambush slaying of Iranian compatriot in Nagoya


Two Iranian men were arrested in late February on suspicion of murdering a compatriot last December in Nagoya, investigators confirmed this week.

The men allegedly killed Anami Shirmard Milad, 27, on a street in Nagoya around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 20 by beating him and stabbing him with a knife. Police suspect several others were also involved in the assault.

The two suspects, aged 43 and 32, have denied the charge.

Investigators suspect Anami Shirmard was in the country illegally. A bag found at the scene contained more than 40 syringes and appeared to belong to the victim, police said, leading to speculation the assault was over a drug deal gone wrong.

The assailants used two cars to force the victim to pull over and fled in a third car with a Mie Prefecture license plate, investigators said Thursday.

Five or six people are suspected to be involved in the attack, including two that police are tracking using security camera footage.

  • Charles

    You two Iranian men, you’re so silly!

    Didn’t you know that only Japanese people are allowed to kill foreigners and get away with it?

    Why didn’t you two silly men have a Japanese person call immigration on him and get him forcibly deported instead? They could have put him in handcuffs, beaten him, induced a heart attack, etc. and gotten away with it! Why did you have to make things so much harder on yourselves?

    Some gaijin never learn!

    • Steve Jackman

      It wouldn’t surprise me if the two Iranians arrested were just hired guns, while some criminal Japanese elements were pulling the strings behind the scenes.

      • Charles

        Quite possible.

        Chance of a Japanese person getting in trouble for murdering a foreigner: maybe 50%. That goes down to probably about 5% if he’s a cop or gaijin gulag prison guard.

        Chance of a Japanese person getting in trouble for getting someone else to murder a foreigner: maybe 1%.

        And even if he does get in trouble, he probably only has to pay the amount of money that foreigner would make in his home country to the family, not what that foreigner would make in Japan (because of course all gaijin are temporary and destined to leave Japan within the next year). Iran isn’t exactly rich. I bet $100,000 would satisfy the Japanese courts for an Iranian life.