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Japan - Defense lawyer for executed child murderer protests

Post  Jennie on Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:56 pm

Defense lawyer for executed child murderer protests, says she wanted retrial


The defense lawyer for Tsutomu Miyazaki, who was executed on Tuesday, protested to the Justice Ministry for going ahead with the execution while knowing she was preparing to file a request for a retrial for her client.

"I had been preparing to file a request for a retrial over the past few months. I strongly protested (to the ministry) for carrying out the execution even though they knew about my plans," lawyer Maiko Tagusari said in a statement.

"What I had feared actually happened," Tagusari told reporters.

In late May, Tagusari sent a letter to Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama asking him not to order the execution of Miyazaki.

Miyazaki had been receiving treatment by a psychiatrist. Moreover, Tagusari had asked an expert to write an opinion on her client's mental condition.

(source: Mainichi Daily News)
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