JIADEP Note: Cases of dark skinned foreigners winning against the word of the police are extremely rare.


Ghanaian man acquitted of striking police officer in Tokyo

The Tokyo District Court acquitted a Ghanaian man Tuesday of striking a police officer in Tokyo last year. Adjei Seth Klu, 49, was found not guilty of obstructing the officer in the performance of his duties by striking him in the face with his right arm on a street in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward on Nov 7 last year after the officer asked him to show his alien registration card.

Presiding Judge Noriki Ando said the defendant has a disability in his right arm and that he cannot raise it higher than shoulder level, and that it is hard to recognize he intentionally struck the officer’s face. The judge said the possibility cannot be denied that his hand happened to hit the officer when the defendant moved his body.