Japanese man freed after 45 years on death row as court orders retrial
- theguardian.com, Thursday 27 March 2014 10.21 GMT
A Japanese man who has spent more than 45 years on death row has been freed after a court ordered a retrial in his murder case, amid suggestions that police investigators fabricated evidence against him.
Iwao Hakamada was sentenced to hang in 1968 for the murders two years earlier of a company president, his wife and their two children in Shizuoka prefecture, central Japan. Hakamada, who was also convicted of burglary and arson in the same case, is thought to be the world’s longest-serving death row inmate.
The 78-year-old looked…
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