Monday, January 29, 2007

Forced Confession?

It seems that the media has uncovered more evidence of how if you get arrested in Japan, you could be in big trouble. This blurb from the Mainichi shows that a guy spent more than two years in the pokey for a crime he didn't commit:

The man was handed a three-year prison term in November 2002 after pleading guilty to the charges during his trial. He was released on parole in January 2005 after being jailed for two years and one month.

However, police subsequently learned that another man under arrest is
responsible for the rape and other attempted rape cases.

Nice nice! The authorities made a public apology when they figured out that they were wrong, but have no idea where the freed "rapist" has gone.

Hmm, so if you don't know where that guy went (even though it turns out he's innocent), then what's the status on all the other rapists that have been released?


Of course, it might not be that far-fetched to assume that some of those guys are innocent too, so it's probably not something to get all worked up about.

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