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Detainee found dead in cell at police station in Saitama

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A male detainee has been found dead in his cell at a detention center of Kawaguchi police station in Saitama Prefecture.

According to police, the 39-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of physical assault on Dec 6, was found dead just past 6 a.m. on Saturday in his cell, Fuji TV reported. The man’s cellmate had called out to a guard that he was not breathing. A doctor was called and the man was confirmed dead at the scene.

Police said there were no visible signs of trauma on the body.

Two hours prior to the inmate’s death, a guard stated that he checked on the man and did not notice any changes in his behavior or any signs of illness. On Friday night, the man had complained of a stomach ache.

Officials said an autopsy will be held to determine the cause of the man’s death.

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Officials said an autopsy will be held to determine the cause of the man’s death.

Aannd we'll never know the results of that autopsy.

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In the pen for ten days for suspicion of physical assault... Now dead?

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Arrested on Dec 6th - so detained for 10 days, because why?  Flight risk?  Needed further questioning to uncover the details of a physical assault?  Or just being held as pre trial punishment?  He may have died of exposure, given that cells are not heated and Saitama is cold at this time.

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Another death in a Japanese holding cell after someone complained about some kind of pain. How are they going to change this again?

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Another death in a Japanese holding cell after someone complained about some kind of pain. How are they going to change this again?

exactly what I was thinking..

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If you get arrested and locked up do you expect a room at the Imperial?

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Nope. I would expect a bit of due process, though

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Japanese authorities can and have ignored due process on a whim and are unaccountable

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