Posted by debito on January 12th, 2008
Hi Blog. I’ve talked a number of times about the Idubor Case on this blog, where a Nigerian was incarcerated without chance of bail (according to his lawyer, foreigners aren’t allowed bail in Japan because they’re considered a flight risk) from January 2007 to December 2007, awaiting completion of trial for alleged rape charges.
Then on December 10, 2007, he was sentenced to three years’ jail, despite no material evidence of rape whatsoever, and gaping holes in the accuser’s testimony. More background at Debito.org here.
I heard on Tuesday that Mr Idubor’s lawyer didn’t get hold of the court decision until January 8, meaning the judge inexplicably kept them waiting a month for public documents depriving a man of his liberty. When I get a copy myself, I’ll report on it for Debito.org.
If you would like to sign a petition regarding this case, please see one that Mrs Idubor has created at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/help-foreigner-in-danger-in-japan (NB: she is not a native speaker of English).
Make no mistake–if assignation of guilt like this without evidence can happen to him, it can happen to you. All it takes is a Japanese with a grudge and a foreigner, preferably of color or undesirable nationality (see recent Ishihara comment on Africans).
Mr Idubor is only allowed to pass seven pages of written text per day to his wife from jail. He took that opportunity to send three pages specially to Debito.org. I reproduce them for public view below. Arudou Debito in Sapporo
Drop by the Idubors’ bar, located here:
Big Ys Cafe
Laport Motomachi 104
Its open from 18:00 till morning. Map downloadable in Excel and htm format:
Great rotisserie chicken. Seriously.