Japan death row prisoners sue government to stop hangings

BBC -- Nov 29
Three death row prisoners in Japan are taking the government to court as they fight to end the practice of execution by hanging.

The inmates argue hanging - currently the only means of execution in the country - is inhumane.

They are also seeking 33 million yen ($238,000; 198,000) in compensation for psychological distress.

They say that living in fear of death for many years has led to "mental agony", according to Kyodo News. ...continue reading

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