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Death penalty demanded for 9 murders

Japanese prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for a 30-year-old man charged with murdering nine people at his apartment in the city of Zama, near Tokyo.

Prosecutors demanded the death sentence for Shiraishi Takahiro at the Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Court on Thursday.

Shiraishi is charged with killing one man and eight women, aged 15 to 26, whose remains were found at his apartment in October 2017.

Shiraishi is charged with killing the victims, stealing their belongings and abandoning their remains in coolers. He is also charged with sexually assaulting the female victims.

He has pleaded guilty to the charges.

However, his defense team has argued that the victims had agreed to be killed.

In demanding the death penalty on Thursday, prosecutors said all the victims fiercely resisted when Shiraishi strangled them, and this clearly shows that they did not want to be killed.

Prosecutors also said the defendant’s testimonies in court are natural and logical and consistent with the objective facts. They said it’s obvious that the credibility of his testimonies cannot be denied.

The court is expected to hand down its ruling on December 15.






神奈川県座間市で9人の遺体が見つかった事件の裁判で、白石隆浩被告(30)に対して検察側が26日、「万死に値する行為で、極刑以外を選択する余地はない」と指摘し、死刑を求刑しました。犠牲となったのは、ツイッターに自殺願望を書き込むなどした15~26歳までの若者でした。女性8人に乱暴し、男性1人を加えた9人をロープで首を絞めて殺害し、現金を奪ったとされています。25日に行われた最後の被告人質問で、白石被告は「結果として捕まってしまったので後悔しています」と述べました。一部の被害者には、謝罪したうえで「控訴はせずに、大人しく罪を認めて罰を受けるつもりだ」と話しました。
最後の審理となった、26日の裁判には、傍聴を希望し、144人が集まりました。法廷では遺族の意見陳述が行われ、神奈川県の女性(当時25)の父親は、「死んでもお前を許さない。娘を返せ」と声を荒らげ、「被告にどうか厳罰を科してください」と訴えました。検察側は「被告は自らの欲望のため、被害者らの弱った心につけ込んだ。前代未聞の猟奇的で重大な事案で、一片の良心の呵責、悔悟の情もない」と指摘し、白石被告に死刑を求刑しました。結審直前、裁判長から発言の機会を与えられましたが、白石被告が口にした言葉は「何もありません」。裁判長に「何もないということですか」と問われても、「はい、そうです」とだけ答えました。判決言い渡しは、来月15日の予定です。

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