Cop nabbed for using gun to pry confession

Friday, Jan. 27, 2006

NAGASAKI (Kyodo) A police officer was arrested Thursday on suspicion of pointing a gun at a man to force him to confess during questioning over a minor infraction in the city of Nagasaki.

Inspector Norihiko Irie, 53, is suspected of summoning the 34-year-old man to the police box where he worked on Jan. 17 and pointing a gun at his face to force him to confess to removing the post's door, according to investigators.

Irie also allegedly intimidated a 56-year-old man at the police post by placing a gun on the desk in front of him and telling him it was real.

Irie, who was assigned to his current post last March, has denied the allegations, claiming he never unholstered his pistol, police said.


Gunpoint confession but cop walks
Thursday, July 13, 2006

NAGASAKI (Kyodo) The Nagasaki District Court sentenced a former police officer to a suspended three-year prison term Wednesday for pointing a gun at a man to force him to confess during questioning in January over a minor crime.

Norihiko Irie, 53, who was an assistant inspector at the Oura Police Station in Nagasaki, was also fined 50,000 yen.

Presiding Judge Hidefumi Hayashi figured in handing down the ruling that ordinary citizens would feel extreme fear if a gun were pointed at them, considering they are not used to seeing guns.

The judge said Irie's act damaged public trust in police, but added, "There is no fear of him committing the same crime again, and he made an apology."

According to the court, Irie summoned the man to the Takashima police box on Jan. 17 and accused him of removing a door from the post. He then pointed a gun at the man's face to force him to confess.

Irie had argued with the man over the victim's driving several days before the door was taken, and thus believed he was behind the theft.