• Kyodo


A court ruling on a Japanese Red Army member charged with attempted murder in a 1986 mortar attack on the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta was scheduled for Nov. 24 after his trial in the Tokyo District Court concluded Tuesday.

While Tsutomu Shirosaki denied involvement in the attack, prosecutors demanded a 15-year prison term for the 68-year-old, alleging that he conspired with an unnamed person in firing two explosives toward the embassy from a hotel room in the Indonesian capital on May 14, 1986.

No one was injured in the attack as the bombs did not go off.

In 1971, Shirosaki was sentenced to a 10-year prison term in Japan in connection with a series of bank robberies but was released in 1977 in exchange for hijack hostages being held by the radical group.

In 1996, he was captured in Nepal and later jailed in the United States over a 1986 rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.

In 2015, Shirosaki was extradited to Japan where he was arrested by Tokyo police for attempted murder and on other charges over the 1986 attack on the Japanese Embassy.

During the trial, prosecutors said that Shirosaki’s fingerprints matched those found in the hotel room from which the explosives were fired.

His lawyers countered that Shirosaki was in Lebanon at the time of the attack, and that Japanese authorities may have tampered with the fingerprint evidence.

During the trial, presiding Judge Yasuo Tsujikawa ordered testimony by three Indonesian witnesses to be corrected after about 200 translation mistakes and omissions were discovered.

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