The execution of two death row inmates in Japan shows that a “chilling” escalation of death penalty use under the new Liberal Democratic government is intensifying, Amnesty International said. Yoshihide Miyagi, 56, and Katsuji Hamasaki, 64, were hanged in Tokyo today.
Month: April 2013
Leslie Thomas, a barrister who has spent the past 20 years fighting for families whose loved ones have died while in police custody has been recognised for his work. This year Thomas is set to take up what may be one of his biggest challenges to date. He will fight the cases, as lead barrister, at the inquests of Mark Duggan.
The family of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones, who was murdered by Detroit police more than two years ago, saw a small legal victory recently, as a motion to dismiss charges of involuntary manslaughter against Officer Joseph Weekley was denied on March 8.
The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said her “pain is raw”, at a memorial service to mark the 20th anniversary of her son’s death.