Head of Kudo-kai Crime Syndicate Sentenced to Death

Society

Fukuoka, Aug. 24 (Jiji Press)--The head of the Kudo-kai crime syndicate, described by public safety officials as the most violent in Japan, was sentenced to death on Tuesday over four cases of attacks on civilians, including a deadly one.

Fukuoka District Court gave the death penalty to Satoru Nomura, the 74-year-old boss of the gang based in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, as sought by prosecutors, for murder and violations of the organized crime punishment law.

Fumio Tanoue, 65, a second-ranking member of the gang, was sentenced to an indefinite prison term. Prosecutors had demanded an indefinite prison term and a fine of 20 million yen.

"The criminal acts (of Nomura) were extremely vicious, and the decision of capital punishment is unavoidable," Presiding Judge Ben Adachi said.

Tuesday's ruling on Nomura, believed to be the first death penalty handed to the leader of a crime syndicate specified by law, may have an impact on police investigations into such organizations in the future.

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