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Death row prisoners sue Japan over same-day execution announcements

16:47, 05 November 2021
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Two prisoners who were sentenced to a death penalty sued the Japanese prison system for announcing the time of the execution to the inmate sometimes just several hours before the execution process itself.


The inmates consider such a measure to be inhumane as it does a lot of damage to the human psyche. 

This makes prisoners wake up everyday thinking that his day might be their last.

"The central government has said this is meant to keep prisoners from suffering before their execution, but that's no explanation. Overseas, prisoners are given time to contemplate the end of their lives and mentally prepare," Yutaka Ueda, the lawyer of the two inmates said in a statement.

In total the two inmates requested a compensation of almost $200,000, according to Yutaka.

Almost no people were executed in Japan in the last two years despite over 100 people having a death sentence.