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Aljazeera should disclose accurate facts

2016-10-19 02:37:29 | Weblog
Japan: Forced confessions and wrong convictions
byKarishma Vyas



Japan: Guilty Until Proven Innocent documentary shines light on controversial legal system【Video】
Scott WilsonScott Wilson


It is true when it comes to false convictions and innocent people behind bars, Japan has just as many – if not more – legal problems as The U.S. and other developed countries.




Note that U.S. put by far more people into prison than Japan. In other words, US legal system arrests, prosecutes, convicts people at a rate much higher than Japanese legal system.

Moreoever, it is estimated that " 4.1 percent of defendants who are sentenced to death in the United States are later shown to be innocent: 1 in 25."


Death sentences are uniquely well-documented. We don’t know nearly enough about other kinds of criminal cases to estimate the rate of wrongful convictions for those. The rate could be lower than for capital murders, or it could be higher. Of course, in a country with millions of criminal convictions a year and more than 2 million people behind bars, even 1 percent amounts to tens of thousands of tragic errors.



Sure False Confessions is one of Causes of Wrongful Convictions in Japan and in other countries.

One of reason why In many cases, innocent defendants make incriminating statements, deliver outright confessions, or plead guilty. Regardless of the age, capacity, or state of the confessor, what they often have in common is a decision—at some point during the interrogation process—that confessing will be more beneficial to them than continuing to maintain their innocence.


Probably Keiko and Keiko's partner's confessions were false.

But that's not the major reason they were retried.

I don't think the authors of Al Jazeera and rocket news understand this case.

It was Keiko's partner who was alleged to light their house on fire.  Keiko was arrested as a co-conspirator.

Previous courts judged that given the conditions at the time natural ignition was impossible and that it was reasonable to assume that a fire broke out as Keiko's partner confessed.

Furthermore, the courts foolishly assumed that Keiko's partner's confession that he set a fire was reliable despite the fact he was told that police would not prosecute him for raping Keiko's 11-year-old daughter if he admitted he lighted their house on fire.

Notice here that Keiko's partner had raped Keiko's daughter, who died in a fire.

http://www.jca.apc.org/~hs_enzai/



There is usually more support for the people who are wrongly convicted in Japan but this is why Japanese laymen don't sympathize with Keiko and Keiko's partner and this is why Keiko's partner rarely appear in the mass media.

Now new evidences have emerged after more accurate experiments that natural ignition is not entirely impossible and it is unreasonable to assume that a fire broke out as Keiko's partner confessed. In other word, another explanation is possible.

They might have committed the crime. They might not have. But since the prosecutor has not proved the defendants' guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and they are assumed to be innocent until proved guilty, the Osaka court has exonerated her, ruling she was innocent.





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