We and the defence attorneys are upset to have to report that the Tokyo High Court failed to overturn the ruling of the district court.
However, the presiding appelate judge did show leniency when calculating the credit for time served off the initial sentence. In total the judge deducted 814 days from the 6 year sentence, eventhough these days were spent al Hatorah ve’al havodah at the detention centre, and not in forced labour.
The prosecution initially demanded a 13 year sentence. You may remember that an extraordinary sentence of 6 years was handed down in the district court, in addition to a monetary fine of 4 million ¥, this equating $50,000.
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