Death penalty and high conviction rates: A deep dive into Japan’s criminal justice system
27 March 2023 | 7:26 am
At 87 years old, Iwao Hakamada is on the verge of finding true freedom, more than 50 years after being sentenced to death for murders he says he did not commit. Tokyo's high court ordered a retrial this month, acknowledging that key evidence that led to his conviction had likely been fabricated by investigators.
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