Court asserts legality of death row inmates receiving cash, letters

Thursday October 09th 2008


The Fukuoka District Court ruled Wednesday that it is illegal for the state not to allow two death row inmates to receive letters and cash from their supporters at their detention house, ordering the state to pay them 10,000 yen in damages each.

The inmates—Masashi Daidoji and Toshiaki Masunaga, both 60—and their supporters sought 1.26 million yen in compensation in total, claiming that the Tokyo Detention House did not allow the supporters, based mainly in Fukuoka, to provide the two with letters, cash and other materials in 2004. Daidoji and Masunaga were sentenced to death for the 1974 bombing of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. headquarters building in Tokyo that claimed eight lives.