Tag - kidnappings



Supporters of the second retrial request for the so-called Iizuka incident hold up signs in the city of Fukuoka on Wednesday criticizing the Fukuoka District Court's decision to reject it.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 5, 2024
Japan court rejects retrial for 1992 murder of two girls
The defense is set to appeal against the latest decision. So far, no decision has been made in Japan to grant a retrial of a convict already executed.
U.S. police speak to a Chinese exchange student near the site where he was found in the mountains near Brigham City, Utah, on Sunday after being reported missing.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jan 2, 2024
Chinese student found in U.S. woods after 'cyber kidnapping' scam
Cyber kidnappers have been targeting foreign exchange students recently, and in particular, Chinese foreign exchange students, Riverdale police said.
Demonstrators at a rally near the U.N. headquarters in support of the Hostage and Missing Families Forum, a group working to advocate for hostages kidnapped from Israel, in New York on Tuesday
WORLD / Politics
Oct 26, 2023
Qatar envoys pressing Hamas to release civilian hostages: sources
The talks are limited to civilians, with Hamas describing captive soldiers as strategic assets the group aims to exchange for concessions from Israel.
The Metropolitan Police Department is increasing vigilance against fake kidnapping scams targeting Chinese students in Japan.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 4, 2023
Chinese students in Japan coerced into staging own kidnappings
Believing that a Chinese fraud group is behind the scams, Japanese police are increasing vigilance while working together with the Chinese Embassy.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 19, 2021
Man arrested after 32-hour hostage standoff at Saitama internet cafe
A female staffer in her 20s was freed with no visible injuries when police stormed a room after the 40-year-old hostage-taker had fallen asleep.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 7, 2020
Tokyo man arrested for kidnapping 9-year-old girl he met via online game
The girl is believed to have communicated with the man via the game's voice chat function on when and where to meet.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Apr 9, 2019
Uganda tries to calm fears after kidnapped U.S. tourist and guide are rescued and ransom paid
President Donald Trump asked Uganda to find the abductors of a U.S. tourist and her guide to reassure guests of security, even after the East African nation's leader said the incident is isolated and that the parks are safe.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 20, 2019
Tokyo court raises sentence to 12 years for man who kept teenage girl captive for two years
The Tokyo High Court sentences Kabu Terauchi to 12 years in prison, rejecting his appeal and nullifying a lower court ruling that gave him a nine-year jail term.
Japan Times
Dec 21, 2018
Man sentenced to four years for abducting nurse who was later found dead
A court sentenced a 28-year-old man to four years in prison Thursday for abducting and confining a nurse who was later found dead in central Japan.
Japan Times
Aug 1, 2018
Japanese journalist missing in Syria likely man in IS-style video: government
The government says the man in a video released by apparent militants is likely Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who is believed to have been kidnapped in Syria in 2015.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jul 30, 2018
'He looked like a terrorist!' Rural India joy ride ended in rumor-fueled mob attack and lynching
In the tiny hamlet of Murki in the hinterlands of south India, Inspector V.B. Yadwad surveyed a pile of bricks and stones in a ditch where he and other police officers had been attacked earlier this month while trying to save a group of five men on a road trip from a violent mob.
Jun 14, 2018
Move forward on the abduction issue
The government needs to devise a strategy for Japan to explore a settlement of the abductions issue while being proactively involved in the efforts to denuclearize North Korea.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 13, 2018
Two men arrested in connection to woman's body abandoned on mountain in Shizuoka Prefecture
Two men have been detained in connection with the abandonment of a woman's body, which was confirmed Tuesday to be that of a nurse who went missing last month, police said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 10, 2018
Japanese man rescued after abduction in Philippine capital
During the ordeal last month, the Tokyo resident was handcuffed and threatened with a gun before police were alerted.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 12, 2018
Saitama man handed nine-year prison term for holding girl captive for two years
Kabu Terauchi's defense lawyers claimed their client was not able to take full responsibility for his actions, but the judge saw things differently.
Jul 5, 2017
Beheaded bodies of Vietnamese sailors abducted by Abu Sayyaf militants found in southern Philippines
Philippine soldiers have found the beheaded bodies of two Vietnamese sailors abducted a year ago by the Islamist militant Abu Sayyaf group near the restive southern island of Basilan, an army spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2017
Veteran negotiator Richardson offers to go to North Korea to free three Americans and Canadian
Veteran former U.S. politician and diplomat Bill Richardson offered on Friday to visit North Korea to secure the release of three detained Americans and a Canadian after U.S. university student Otto Warmbier was brought back in a coma.
Jun 24, 2016
Seven Indonesian sailors kidnapped in Philippines: Jakarta
Seven Indonesian sailors have been taken hostage in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippines, Indonesia's foreign minister said on Friday, the latest in a string of abductions in the waters between the two Southeast Asian neighbors.
Jul 19, 2015
Czech Foreign Ministry says five nationals are missing in Lebanon
Five Czechs and their Lebanese driver are missing in Lebanon, a spokeswoman for the Czech Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
May 2, 2015
Nigeria frees 234 more women, children from Boko Haram's Sambisa stronghold: army


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