Iwao Hakamada http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/88996/all en World's 'longest-serving' death row inmate granted retrial in Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140327/worlds-longest-serving-death-row-inmate-granted-retrial-japan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate was Thursday granted a retrial in Japan over multiple murders in 1966, decades after doubts emerged about his guilt.</p> <p>Shizuoka District Court decided to "start the retrial over the case" of Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was convicted for the grisly murder of his boss and the man's family, a court official said.</p> <p>Delivering his ruling, presiding judge Hiroaki Murayama cited possible planting of evidence by investigators to win a conviction as they sought to bring closure to a crime that shocked the country.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140327/worlds-longest-serving-death-row-inmate-granted-retrial-japan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Iwao Hakamada Iwao Hakamada Law Politics Sakae Menda Social Issues AFP Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:02:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6106123 at http://www.globalpost.com World's 'longest-serving' death row inmate granted retrial in Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140327/worlds-longest-serving-death-row-inmate-granted-retrial-japan-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate was Thursday granted a retrial in Japan over multiple murders in 1966, decades after doubts emerged about his guilt.</p> <p>Shizuoka District Court decided to "start the retrial over the case" of Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was convicted for the grisly murder of his boss and the man's family, a court official said.</p> <p>Delivering his ruling, presiding judge Hiroaki Murayama cited possible planting of evidence by investigators to win a conviction as they sought to bring closure to a crime that shocked the country.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140327/worlds-longest-serving-death-row-inmate-granted-retrial-japan-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Capital punishment Crime Hospitality Iwao Hakamada Iwao Hakamada Law Politics Social Issues AFP Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:32:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6106141 at http://www.globalpost.com Court decides to reopen 1966 murder case of death row inmate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140327/court-decides-reopen-1966-murder-case-death-row-inmate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Shizuoka District Court decided Thursday to reopen a high-profile 1966 murder case in which a former professional boxer has been on death row for more than 30 years for killing four members of a family.</p> <p> The court also decided to suspend the death penalty and permit the release of Iwao Hakamada, 78. Hakamada's release is dependent upon prosecutors agreeing. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140327/court-decides-reopen-1966-murder-case-death-row-inmate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Criminal law Government Hospitality Iwao Hakamada Labor Law Politics Social Issues Kyodo News International Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:38:18 +0000 Kyodo News International 6106217 at http://www.globalpost.com World's 'longest-serving' death row inmate freed for Japan retrial http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140327/worlds-longest-serving-death-row-inmate-freed-japan-retrial <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate walked free from jail Thursday after decades in solitary confinement, in a rare about-face for Japan's rigid justice system.</p> <p>A slightly unsteady-looking Iwao Hakamada, 78, emerged from the Tokyo prison with his campaigning sister after Shizuoka District Court in central Japan ordered a fresh trial over the grisly 1966 murder of his boss and the man's family.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140327/worlds-longest-serving-death-row-inmate-freed-japan-retrial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Iwao Hakamada Iwao Hakamada Law Politics Sakae Menda Social Issues AFP Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:44:10 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6106327 at http://www.globalpost.com World's 'longest-serving' death row inmate granted retrial in Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140327/worlds-longest-serving-death-row-inmate-granted-retrial-japan-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate was granted a retrial Thursday after decades in solitary confinement, in a rare about-face for Japan's rigid justice system.</p> <p>Shizuoka District Court in central Japan ordered a fresh trial for Iwao Hakamada, 78, over the grisly 1966 murder of his boss and the man's family.</p> <p>Presiding judge Hiroaki Murayama said he was concerned that investigators could have planted evidence to win a conviction as they sought to bring closure to a crime that had shocked the country.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140327/worlds-longest-serving-death-row-inmate-granted-retrial-japan-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Iwao Hakamada Iwao Hakamada Law Politics Sakae Menda Social Issues AFP Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:45:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6106347 at http://www.globalpost.com Death-row inmate freed as court decides to reopen 1966 murder case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140327/death-row-inmate-freed-court-decides-reopen-1966-murde <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Iwao Hakamada, a 78-year-old former professional boxer on death row for killing four members of a family in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1966, was freed Thursday after nearly 48 years of detention as a local court decided to reopen the high-profile murder case.</p> <p> Hakamada was released after the Shizuoka District Court also decided to suspend his death sentence and permit his release from a detention house.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140327/death-row-inmate-freed-court-decides-reopen-1966-murde" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Iwao Hakamada Iwao Hakamada Labor Law Politics Social Issues Kyodo News International Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:25:41 +0000 Kyodo News International 6106501 at http://www.globalpost.com Boxing: WBC belt for Japan convict before retrial http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140406/boxing-wbc-belt-japan-convict-retrial <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The World Boxing Council Sunday awarded an honorary championship belt to a former Japanese boxer who was freed from death row last month after 48 years in prison following a murder conviction.</p> <p>WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman handed the belt to an elder sister of Iwao Hakamada, 78, who has been receiving hospital treatment since his release from a Tokyo prison on March 27.</p> <p>A portrait of Hakamada was sewn into the green belt.</p> <p>Hakamada was at one time ranked sixth in the national featherweight division.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140406/boxing-wbc-belt-japan-convict-retrial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boxing Business Hospitality Iwao Hakamada Iwao Hakamada Law Politics Social Issues Sports AFP Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:32:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6114571 at http://www.globalpost.com