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Japan hangs cult leader, robber

2012-09-27 11:01

Tokyo - Japan has hanged a robber who killed two people and a cult leader blamed for six murders during what she and her followers said were exorcisms.

The Justice Ministry said 65-year-old Sachiko Eto and 39-year-old Yukinori Matsuda were executed on Thursday.

Eto was convicted of beating her victims and hiding their bodies at her home. Eto's daughter and another cult member were sentenced to life in prison for the 1995 murders.

Matsuda was convicted of killing two people during a robbery in 2003.

Japan is one of the few industrialised countries that have capital punishment, which is carried out by hanging. The Justice Ministry says 131 convicts are on Japan's death row.

Comments
  • jomardl - 2012-09-27 11:48

    Well done.

  • coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-09-27 11:53

    That is the way to do it. Remove these insects from the gene pool.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-09-27 12:51

    Way to go. Final solution - better than the local one of necklacing, more humane.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-09-27 14:08

    I am not totally happy with the Death Penalty and it has nothing to with namby pamby liberal views. The only thing that worries me about the Death Penalty is the possibility that an innocent man may be executed even though the evidence points to him. Though if there is a gun battle during a robbery, innocents get killed and the miscrants are caught at the scene of the crime, then I have no objection to them getting a "suspended" sentence.

      neelso - 2012-09-27 15:19

      Look, that is indeed a valid point. Just for scenario sakes, imagine we finally do get the death penalty our cops (forensics included) and legal system is not up to scratch to deal with these kind of hair fine details. What scares me is being at the wrong place at the wrong time, it does happen and whoooops your in chookie having your last meal. Even gun owners would have to think twice drawing their weapons when they have to, defending someone life wont be worth yours. But alas, what are we to do? we do need the death penalty to get rid of some people in our gene pool but it wont be realistically functional in SA I believe unless it is absolute watertight cases if such cases do exist. SA would rather risk high crime stats then to tarnish its world renowned constitution.

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