Thursday, June 26, 2008

"Documentary on Forced Confessions Screened in Tokyo"

(Photo by Taro Fujimoto; image borrowed from Japan Today)

From Japan Today (6/26/08):

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) on Monday night screened a short documentary film “Presumed Guilty Creating False Confessions” at its headquarters in Tokyo. The DVD version with English subtitle was also released the same day.

The 45-minute documentary, which the JFBA produced, is about the Shibushi case, in which police and prosecutors forced 12 people, including a local politician, to confess to buying votes prior in an election in Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture, in April, 2003. After being held in prisons in a local police station, known as “daiyo kangoku,” the 12 were tried and all acquitted in 2007.

DVD title: “つくられる自白 ~志布志の悲劇” (Tsukurareru jihaku - Shibushi no higeki)
Price: 2,415 yen
Available at book shops.

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