Group Campaign in Devizes, 13 October
Devizes group will have a campaign stall in the Brittox, Devizes, between 9 am and 1 pm.
Meet members of the Devizes group campaigning in the Brittox, Devizes. Discuss among others the campaign for the abolition of the Death Penalty worldwide. The group designated individual at risk is Hakamado Iwao on Death Row in Japan for 44 years. His conviction rested principally on the basis of a confession which he later retracted at trial. He says he was beaten and forced to confess after 20 days of intensive interrogation. One of the three judges on his case has publicly stated that he believes Hakamada is innocent, but was outvoted by the other judges at the trial.
After nearly two years of no executions in the country Japan chose to execute three prisoners on 29 March 2012 and more have followed.