A court in Japan sentenced to death Satoru Nomura, a yakuza leader in Fukuoka Prefecture, for participating in the murder and attacks on three people. Fumio Tanoue, second in the hierarchy, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday. “This is probably the first death sentence issued against a Japanese yakuza boss,” the public NHK station reported.
Satoru Nomura, 74, was sentenced to death by a court in Japan for his involvement in the murder of one person and attacks on three others. “This is probably the first death sentence issued against a Japanese yakuza boss,” the public NHK station reported.
The man headed the Kudo-kai group, one of the criminal organizations called yakuzami in Japan. The gang operated in Fukuoka Prefecture and was considered particularly dangerous by the authorities. The second in the gang’s hierarchy, 65-year-old Fumio Tanoue, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday, the Asahi Shimbun daily reported.
The murder of the former president of a fishing cooperative
Between 1998 and 2014, Kudo-kai members shot and killed the former president of a fishing cooperative, shot a policeman, and stabbed a nurse and dentist who was a relative of the first victim. The perpetrators of these crimes had already been convicted, but according to the authorities, they acted on behalf of Nomura and Tanoue.
Prosecutors did not provide direct evidence of the involvement of both convicts in the crimes, and they themselves did not plead guilty. However, the court ruled that they had to decide on the attacks, given that they had absolute power over the gang.
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