Posted by debito on December 10th, 2007
Hi Blog. A terrible way to ring in Jinken Day (which just happens to be today in Japan):
Osayuwamen Idubor, a Nigerian accused of rape and incarcerated since January 2007 (despite no material evidence whatsoever), has just been sentenced today by the Yokohama District Court to three years in jail (less the year he’s already served).
I just called Idubor’s wife, and she’s too traumatized to give me much information. I will get more information from Idubor’s lawyer later.
What I have heard as of this juncture:
1) When the judge read off the reasons for the conviction, there was audible laughter in the courtroom at how ludicrous it was.
2) The Nigerian Ambassador was there, and he was not happy with the verdict.
3) They will appeal.
4) Idubor’s wife believes his foreignness is a factor in the decision.
It’s hard for me to comment authoritatively at the moment, but if one can go down for three years on a charge with no material evidence, and for being a foreigner, it’s open season. Anyone can point the finger at you and say you raped them, and the cops will incarcerate you for a year, and you can be convicted now even without a confession.
It seems there are different standards for justice and criminal prosecution, once again, for foreigners. Just like in the Valentine Case.
If you’d like to lend your support, drop by the Idubor’s bar, located here:
(Closed Mondays, i.e. today)
Big Ys Cafe
Laport Motomachi 104
Its open from 18:00 till morning. Map downloadable in Excel and htm format:
I’ve been. Nice place, and great rotisserie chicken. Seriously.
Ms Idubor could certainly use your help at this time. Arudou Debito in Sapporo.
–UPDATE DEC 18
I JUST GOT A CALL FROM MRS IDUBOR. THEIR LAWYER *STILL* HASN’T GOTTEN A COPY OF THE COURT DECISION YET. APPARENTLY, ACCORDING TO THEIR LAWYER, THE JUDGE IS WITHHOLDING IT FOR AWHILE, IN ORDER TO LET THE POSSIBLE FUROR DIE DOWN A BIT (MRS IDUBOR’S OPINION). I’VE NEVER HEARD OF THIS SORT OF THING HAPPENING BEFORE, BUT THERE YOU GO.
MEANWHILE, MR IDUBOR IS WORKING ON WRITING DOWN HIS VERSION OF EVENTS. IT’S AT 80 PAGES AND COUNTING. HOWEVER, MRS IDUBOR IS ONLY ALLOWED TO GET ABOUT SEVEN PAGES A DAY WHENEVER SHE VISITS, WHICH IS ALMOST DAILY.
MR IDUBOR STILL HAS RECEIVED NO MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR HIS SKIN PROBLEMS, AND HIS JAIL CELL IS NOT HEATED. WE’RE HOPING TO GET AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S ATTENTION DRAWN TO THIS CASE. BUT IT’S HARD TO WHEN WE DON’T HAVE A COURT DECISION TO CITE. AHA. ARUDOU DEBITO