Oike Osamu
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2011/02/23

Once declared not guilty in a bench trial, Oike was found guilty of setting a fire in Osaka in which three people died. The judge ruled that though the evidence was mostly circumstantial, the confession which was in now serving a 17 year sentence based on a flimsy confession. English coverage of the first trial is below.


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Man acquitted after DVD of interrogation used in his defense

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9DT514G1&show_article=1


OSAKA, Feb. 16 (AP) - (Kyodo)—A man tried for a fatal arson attack on an apartment building in Osaka was acquitted by a Japanese court Tuesday following a trial in which a DVD recording of his interrogation was the main piece of evidence used in his defense.

The Osaka District Court returned a not guilty verdict on Osamu Oike, 61, who had been indicted over a May 2007 fire that killed three people in the city in western Japan, stating that the confession he made during the police investigation is not credible.

Judge Hiroyuki Nakagawa said of the DVD that it showed Oike trying to deny the accusation, only for his attempts to dry up as the questioning wore on. Oike eventually admitted in the recording that he was responsible for the fire and later signed a confession.

However, Oike testified in his trial that he did not remember whether he caused the fire.

Nakagawa said in the ruling that it is possible that Oike was eventually forced into making a confession, as had been the interrogator's goal all along, and also cited a psychological evaluation that showed Oike has a strong tendency to accommodate the opinions of others in an effort to build up good personal relationships.

The judge added that circumstantial evidence suggests that anyone could have entered the apartment building at the time of the fire, meaning that Oike was not necessarily the only suspect in the case.

The DVD was adopted as evidence at the defense's request.

The prosecution had sought 18 years in prison for Oike, who was a resident of the apartment building at the time of the blaze that occurred on May 5, 2007. He was arrested and indicted in August that year.

一審無罪の被告に逆転有罪、懲役17年 大阪高裁判決
2011/Feb/23



 2007年に大阪市西成区のアパートが全焼して住人3人が死亡した火災で、現住建造物等放火の罪に問われた元住人の無職尾池(おいけ)治被告(62)の控訴審判決が23日、大阪高裁であった。森岡安広裁判長は「放火を認めた捜査段階の供述は信用できる」と判断。尾池被告に無罪(求刑懲役18年)を言い渡した一審・大阪地裁判決を破棄し、懲役17年を言い渡した。

 控訴審判決によると、尾池被告は07年5月5日夜に西成区萩之茶屋3丁目のアパート1階の廊下付近にあった新聞紙にライターで火を付け、木造2階建て延べ約180平方メートルを全焼させるなどした。火災で当時67〜71歳の住人男性3人が死亡した。

 昨年2月の一審判決は、放火を認めた尾池被告の捜査段階の供述について「他人に迎合しやすい性格から取調官の意向に沿った可能性がある」と判断した。これに対し、控訴審判決は、被告が任意捜査段階で自白した▽弁護人が取り調べに誘導されないよう連日助言していた——と指摘。「性格的な傾向だけで記憶にない事柄を具体的な記憶があるかのように供述するとは考えがたい」と判断した。

 閉廷後、弁護人の鈴木一郎弁護士は取材に「自白が信用できるとした判断があいまいだ」とし、上告する方針を示した。(野上英文)