Sunday, November 3, 2013
Japan: Death row inmate's retrial rejection is 'travesty of justice'
The Japanese Supreme Court denied a retrial for 87 year old death row prisoner who was convicted of murder based on a forced confession. The writer described it as a “travesty of justice”. 87 year old man, Okunishi Masaru, has spent more than 40 years facing execution. On Oct. 17, it was his seventh request for a retrial. Since his eighth retrial process will take several years, he will likely die in prison.
Okunishi Masaru has been on death row since 1969, after being convicted of the murders of five women. During his first retrial, the Japanese Supreme Court denied his retrial because of lack of evidences. As I read this article, the writer chose to write very defensibly for this old prisoner. However, how does this writer knows the truth? What if the old prisoner really killed five innocent women? I read and heard few cases that quite a number of people who became prisoners, although they didn’t convict crimes. However, if you think about the families or friends of the five murdered women, how would you feel about letting their relative killer free?
Although people say death penalty should be abandoned to protect prisoner’s human rights, did the prisoner’s concerned about the victims’ human also? There are many different cases of murdering, yet I can simply think of two big cases, intentional or unintentional murder. Even though everyone deserves second chance of one’s mistake, it has certain limitation. I really think that people who deserves second chance is the one who is under those limit, such as an unintentional murder. After passing the limitation, I mean obvious you have to take the responsibility of your action.