JAPAN: DEATH SENTENCES FINALISED FOR 3 MEN
March 30, 2011: the death sentences for Masato Kobayashi, 36, Atsushi Okura, 35, and Masayoshi Haga, 35, for killing four people over an 11-day period from Sept. 28, 1994, in Osaka, Aichi and Gifu prefectures, were finalised by Justice Ryuko Sakurai of the Supreme Court.
Kobayashi was sentenced to death by both the Nagoya District Court and the Nagoya High Court. The high court sentenced Okura and Haga to death, after the district court had sentenced them to life imprisonment.
On March 10, the Supreme Court rejected appeals by the three against the death sentences. (Sources: Kyodo, 01/04/2011)