Japanese man freed after 45 years on death row as court orders retrial

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Japanese man freed after 45 years on death row as court orders retrial

Judge says man believed to be world’s longest-serving death row inmate may have been convicted on falsified evidence
Iwao Hakamada
Iwao Hakamada with his sister Hideko as he is released in Tokyo. Photograph: Kyodo/Reuters

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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