November, 2013

 

The HAKAMADA Case / Another Rubin gHURRICANEh Carter Case

 

JAPAN PRO-BOXING ASSOCIATION

http://jpba.gr.jp/main.html

 

The HAKAMADA case occurred in 1966 in Shizuoka, Japan and 4 people of a family were killed and their house was destroyed by fire-setting. Mr. Iwao HAKAMADA, ex pro-boxer, was arrested as the criminal of the case. He once made a confession at the investigation by the police; provided, however, he consistently asserted his innocence during his criminal trial. Unfortunately, he was sentenced to death by the courts and the death sentence was finalized and concluded in 1980. Since then, he has filed motions for a new trial and is still waiting for his release from the detention.

 

With respect to the HAKAMADA case, it is strongly asserted that prejudice against boxers, police questioning using torture, intentionally-fabricated evidences and concealing evidences, etc., caused into unjust accusation against Mr. HAKAMADA. In addition, it is said that the false accusation was also caused by the courtsf decision setting aside the gInnocent Until Proven Guilty (in dubio pro reo)h doctrine of criminal trial and reports of the press categorically determining Mr. HAKAMADA as the criminal.

 

Lawyers of Mr. HAKAMADA have already submitted to the courts many evidences proving Mr. HAKAMADAfs innocence. The DNA analysis from 2011 provided results favorable to Mr. HAKAMADA. However, prosecutors have asserted that the report of the DNA analysis was untrustworthy. It is reported that the court will render a ruling on the commencement of a new trial until March, 2014.

 

Mr. HAKAMADA, currently 77 years old, has been in detention for 47 years regardless of his innocence. He has suffered serious mental illness because of his long detention. In addition, he is set in the Guinness world record as gthe death-sentenced prisoner in detention for the longest time.h Not only Japan Pro-Boxing Association, Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Federation of Diet Members for Supporting Mr. HAKAMADA, Amnesty International and many other citizen groups but also Mr. Norimichi KUMAMOTO, an ex-judge who was one of the three judges rendering the sentence to death against Mr. HAKAMADA, are doing supporting activities for saving Mr. HAKAMADA immediately.

 

We would like you to give us your greatest support in order to FREE HAKAMADA NOW!

 

Contact: Mr. Shosei NITTA, secretary general of JPBA (nitta@jpbox.jp)

              Mr. Tomoyuki KATAOKA, attorney at law for JPBA (kataoka@vascodagama.jp)