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Japan: Death row inmate's retrial rejection is 'travesty of justice'

Headline Title:  Japan: Death row inmate's retrial rejection is 'travesty of justice' 17 October 2013 The Japanese Supreme Court's decision to deny a retrial to an 87-year old death row prisoner who was convicted of murder based on a forced confession is a "travesty of justice", Amnesty International said today after his latest appeal was rejected. Okunishi Masaru, who has spent more than 40 years facing execution and is one of the oldest death row prisoners in the world, had his seventh request for a retrial turned down yesterday.  It means he is likely to die…

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