▲ Up
 
04:32 28-07-2017
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Japan hangs two inmates, including one who sought retrial
15:39, 13 July 2017, 727
Twitterfacebookprint

AKIPRESS.COM - Japan hanged two death-row inmates Thursday morning, the Justice Ministry said, including a man convicted of multiple murders who had reportedly been seeking a retrial, Japan Times reported.

Masakatsu Nishikawa, one of the two executed inmates, had filed a plea for a retrial over the murders of four women in the 1990s. Nishikawa, 61, was convicted of murdering four bar managers in western Japan in 1991.

The other executed inmate was Koichi Sumida, 34, who was found guilty of killing a female colleague in 2011 in Okayama Prefecture.

Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda ordered the executions, which were the 18th and 19th carried out since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned to power in December 2012.

The previous execution, the first ordered by Kaneda, was in November 2016, when a man was hanged for killing two women in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Kaneda told a news conference following the 2016 execution that the punishment was for “an extremely cruel case in which the precious lives of the victims were taken for selfish purposes. I gave the order after careful consideration.”

In October 2016, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations issued a declaration calling for the abolition of capital punishment and the introduction of life sentences without parole by 2020.

Kaneda has expressed opposition to the idea, saying, “A majority of Japanese citizens believe the death penalty is inevitable against heinous crimes.”

According to human rights organization Amnesty International, 141 countries legally or effectively abolished capital punishment as of the end of 2016. In 2016, 23 countries or regions, including Japan, executed inmates.


Full access to all news articles in English

1 month2000 somsubscribe
year20000 somsubscribe
These subscription fees are for private individuals only. Please contact us via phone +996 (312) 900-776 or email info@akipress.org for corporate subscription inquiries
Twitterfacebookprint
LATEST NEWS
18:04 Female weightlifter from Kyrgyzstan wins 5th place at Asian Championship17:40 More than 4,000 Muslims of Uzbekistan excluded from blacklist17:20 368 children diagnosed type 1 diabetes in Kyrgyzstan17:00 Man suspected of sexual abuse of 7-yo girl in Kara-Kul town16:44 Moody's changes outlook on Kazakhstan's rating from negative to stable16:31 Kazakh minister says every foreign guest will be presented traditional garb from now on16:21 President ratifies exchange notes between Kyrgyz and Japanese governments on $38.2 million grant for avalanche-protection project on Bishkek-Osh road16:14 Chinese company willing to build 23-floor hotel in central Bishkek16:07 Restoration of Shakh-Fazil Mausoleum continues already for 3 years16:01 MP Tekebayev refuses to take defense lawyer provided by government15:47 Budget of Kyrgyzstan has enough resources to address regional problems: PM15:34 Air Defense Forces of Kyrgyzstan celebrate 11th anniversary15:14 Social Fund has been paid less pension to resident of Chui region since 2001 — Ombudsman14:42 Guangdong entrepreneurs interested in Kyrgyzstan's possibility to export domestic goods to EAEU and EU14:32 Kazakhstan suspends Yak-12 plane use following crash14:29 MP offers to exempt private medical institutions providing radiotherapy and radiosurgery services from taxes14:18 Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to have extraordinary session in August to decide on candidate for Prime Minister14:01 Kyrgyz dancer participates in America's Got Talent13:12 Atambayev allocates 150,000 som to quake- and landslide-affected residents of Osh region12:55 More than 33 mln som zakat raised in Kyrgyzstan in 2017
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2017. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75