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  • Summary letters from Yuyu Idubor in prison, part six

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on April 14th, 2008


    Hi Blog. Here are more letters from Osayuwamen “Yuyu” Idubor, written in jail and passed to me through his wife. The Idubor Case is where a Nigerian was sentenced last December to three years for rape despite no physical evidence, and flawed accuser testimony. He gives us his view on what happened in his own words. (Click here to see a picture of Yuyu and his lawyer’s cross-examination of the flawed testimony.)

    This is the sixth salvo of letters, summarizing his case. If you want to start at the very beginning, click here. And if you want to see a website devoted specially to his case (with a petition you can sign), click here.

    If you want to support the Idubors financially, drop by their bar in Yokohama. Details on how to get there here. Debito in Sapporo

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    4 Responses to “Summary letters from Yuyu Idubor in prison, part six”

    1. Jon Says:

      I know your blog is not supposed to be an unbiased news blog. However, I take issue with the line you continually use regarding this case.

      The line “The Idubor Case is where a Nigerian was sentenced last December to three years for rape despite no physical evidence, and flawed accuser testimony.”

      No matter what you may have read or researched about this case, it is still just an opinion that the acuser testimony was flawed. Yes, there may be bias in the judicial system towards NJ but it may also be true that Mr. Ibudor committed some sort of assault.

      Anyways, even if you believe his case, how long are you going to keep posting his letters? The letters are only one side of the case anyways.

      I suggest you try and contact the accuser. Maybe she would like to provide you letters of how she feels about what happened.

      –The accuser had her day in court. I don’t think Mr Idubor had his, especially given how there is no material evidence proving guilt–which in my view means you must acquit. You can’t accuse somebody of, say, theft, without the disappearance of an item from someone’s possession.

      Instead, the court in my view decided that Mr Idubor had to prove his innocence, which is unconstitutional. And it it is by no means unique to his case, as I pointed out in other rape cases before the Japanese judiciary.

      There’s something fishy about this jurisprudence. For given the circumstances, if this could happen to him, it could happen to anyone.

      Mr Idubor wants a venue to tell his story. I’m providing it. If you don’t want to read his letters, don’t.

    2. Elwood Says:

      So being treated at the hospital for genital injuries isn’t physical evidence?

    3. Jon Says:

      Not every rape case or sexual assault case has physical evidence. If that was a requirement, then many assault cases would have to be automatically dismissed. That is a dangerous argument. Certainly this case involves more then just the accuser saying, “he raped me”.

      I support your cause in Japan. My point is that I think you are spending to much time on this case and it does not help your cause.

      And yes, I won’t read the letters anymore because they do not prove anything and do not do anything to support human rights in Japan.

    4. jim m Says:

      here we go again. how can a man be convicted of rape if the japanese keystone cops never even bothered to perform a DNA test, because they did not want to prove that hes not guilty because hes a GAIJIN…DAH

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