Japan Ex-Assemblyman Gets Indefinite Term in China over Drugs


Guangzhou, Nov. 8 (Jiji Press)--A court in the southern China city of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, sentenced Friday a 76-year-old former Japanese local assembly member to an indefinite prison term on a charge of drug smuggling, according to his lawyer.

Takuma Sakuragi, a former member of the Inazawa city assembly in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, has been detained for some six years since he was found carrying over 3 kilograms of stimulants in a suitcase at an airport in Guangzhou in 2013.

The ruling also ordered the confiscation of Sakuragi's personal property.

According to the lawyer, Sakuragi plans to appeal against the sentence, saying that the ruling is "unacceptable."

During his trial, Sakuragi consistently pleaded his innocence, claiming that he only took care of the suitcase and had no idea that there were stimulants inside it.

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