Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Petition for retrial is rejected by the Tokyo High Court: Sunagawa Incident

“The Abe Administration has twisted the decision of the Supreme Court on the Sunagawa Incident to use it as a legal basis of the undemocratic 2015 Military Legislation. A retrial is likely to seriously damage the administration, so I feel political intentions behind the High Court’s decision”. (TSUCHIYA Gentaro)
“I have been involved in this struggle for 60 years. This is against war and for peace and the Constitution. The High Court’s heartless decision is totally unacceptable”. (MUTO Gun-ichiro)
The Sunagawa Incident court case was over which is superior – the Japan-US Security Treaty or the Japanese Constitution. This is also related to the current problems over US military bases in Okinawa. In 1959, the Tokyo District Court handed down a not guilty verdict to the defendants, saying that the stationing of the US Military in Japan is unconstitutional, but later, the Tokyo High Court overturned the verdict and decided they were guilty. However, an official document has revealed that the US Government directly pressed the Chief Justice of Japan’s Supreme Court at that time during the court case. Based on the new evidence, the four former defendants including Tsuchiya and Muto filed a petition for retrial, which was rejected at the Tokyo High Court on November 15, following the same decision by the Tokyo District Court. Both decisions never referred to the new evidence. The four are going to make a special appeal to the Supreme Court and continue their struggle. (M) 



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