A shocking revelation was made during the trial of the designated dangerous gang Kudo-kai (Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture).
The president of the Kudo-kai, Satoru Nomura, 75, who is accused of murder and other crimes in four cases involving attacks on civilians, and the number two and chairman, Fumio Taue, 66, have dismissed all of their lawyers. In August 2009, the Fukuoka District Court sentenced Nomura to death and Tague to life imprisonment after finding that he “participated as a ringleader.
Nomura will immediately appeal to the Fukuoka High Court against the death sentence. The date of the appeal hearing has not yet been set, but the deadline for the Nomura defendants to submit a notice of appeal was approaching in late July of this year.
How awful, Mr. Adachi!
The atmosphere at the trial of the head of the Kudo-kai was somber. At the trial, the two defendants’ words and actions were controversial. After the main sentence was delivered, Nomura stood up from the long chair near the witness stand, glared at Judge Tsutomu Adachi, and threatened him, saying, “I was asking for a fair trial.
I was asking for a fair trial. I don’t know if there is such a trial. …… You will regret this for the rest of your life!
Tagomi, the number two defendant, said immediately after leaving the courtroom.
You’re terrible, you ……. Mr. Adachi!”
The statement from the head of the Kudo-kai is a serious one. The Kudo-kai has a special presence in the local community. They are feared,” said a resident of Kitakyushu City.
I once asked a victim of a Kudo-kai-related injury what happened. He patted me on the shoulder and said, ‘It’s for your own good. He tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘It’s for your own good. It’s better for you not to know anything. Your parents and siblings are in your hometown. If you pry into them too much, you’ll get into trouble.
If a problem arose, he would sometimes touch ordinary people. Once, a bar in Kitakyushu City put a sign on the front door that said, ‘No gangs allowed. After a while, the bar would be seen to be messed up and destroyed with firearms. It is said that the Kudo-kai warehouse stores weapons that would surprise even the Self-Defense Forces, such as anti-tank rocket launchers.”
He intimidated the presiding judge, who in turn dismissed all the lawyers. What was behind this? Tomohiko Suzuki, a freelance journalist and expert on the gang situation, tells us.
Tomohiko Suzuki, a freelance journalist and expert on the gang situation, said, “It is not clear whether the Kudo-kai fired the lawyers or whether they asked to quit. However, it is believed that there was some kind of conflict between the two parties. According to a gang member who met with Nomura, he was convinced that he would be acquitted in the first trial. The defense team may have also told him that he would be acquitted. But the result was a death sentence. It is understandable if he distrusted the defense team.
The defense lawyers must have been dissatisfied as well. The erratic comments made by both defendants in court, which could be seen as intimidation, must have been a headache for the lawyers. The judge’s opinion would be considerably tarnished. Nomura wrote a series of memoirs about his allegations in a weekly magazine, which must have been another source of embarrassment for him. I think he was also perplexed by the fact that Nomura had violently attacked and even murdered a firm man. I think he was also perplexed by the fact that the public opinion would not be on the side of the Kudo-kai. If you publish an article that provokes the police, you will only add fuel to the fire. The lawyer’s dismissal further confuses the issue.
The Kudo Kai trial has become even more chaotic with the firing of the lawyers. The schedule for the appeal hearing is also expected to be rescheduled.
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