Japan sentences powerful Yakuza criminal syndicate to death by hanging

Japan sentences powerful Yakuza criminal syndicate to death by hanging



A senior member of the Japanese Yakuza criminal syndicate has been sentenced to death by hanging.



A court in Fukuoka found Satoru Nomura, 74, the head of the Kudo-kai in Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, had ordered four assaults, one of which resulted in death. Nomura denied any involvement.



The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reports that judge Ben Adachi also sentenced to Nomura’s second-in-command, Fumio Tanoue, 65, to life.



Nomura reportedly threatened the judge saying, “I asked for a fair decision but this is not fair at all. You will regret this for the rest of your life.”



The Japanese don plans to appeal against the sentence.







The court ruling said Nomura and Tanoue, “conspired to carry out four attacks”. Nomura, “gave an order in the murder case and the other three crimes were carried out under a chain-in-command structure”.


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