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Man on death row dies of illness


Police said Friday that a 73-year-old man, who had been sentenced to death for his involvement in the abduction of three men and the murder of two of them, has died on death row.

Yasuhiro Sako was arrested on charges of robbery and murder, before being sentenced to death in 2004 for his involvement in the kidnapping of three company presidents in Iwate, Fukushima and Chiba Prefectures between 1986 and 1991, NTV reported.

Prison authorities in Sendai, where Sako was being held, say he had been suffering from bronchitis for several years. His health reportedly took a turn for the worse last month, resulting in his death from acute pneumonia on Thursday night.

Currently, there are 133 prisoners on death row in Japan.

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"Man on death row dies of illness"

...and this is news why? He died at 73. He was sentenced in 2004 to death and 9 years later was waiting for what to kill him, old age?

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Cuz nobody wanted to hang an old man.

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So this old murderer saved us some time and money??

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Cry me a river.

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His sentence is complete then.

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I wonder would a person outside of prison have died if they had the same illness to the same extent?

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Its news because some people think he escaped justice.

I think he escaped cold blooded murder, which might well be his own medicine, but its still cold blooded murder.

I think it was enough that society was no longer in danger of him because the rest of his miserable life was spent in jail.

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//Cry me a river.

What does the river Chorna have to do with this?

I'm guessing that the induced stress of being under a penalty of death is not likely to improve anyone's health, and I still think capital punishment is not a great solution. If it worked there wouldn't be a murders, now would there?

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