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2012年10月22日 (月)

PC誤認逮捕 取り調べの徹底検証が必要だ

The Yomiuri Shimbun (Oct. 22, 2012)
Police should review interrogation process
PC誤認逮捕 取り調べの徹底検証が必要だ(10月21日付・読売社説)

Police must thoroughly reflect on why they wrongfully arrested four men on suspicion of sending online threats.

The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office on Friday nullified the indictment of a man whose trial they demanded on suspicion of interfering with business through deceitful means, one of a number of incidents concerning online threats sent via computers infected with viruses that enabled them to be remotely controlled. The Osaka prefectural police, which had arrested the man, expressed their intention to apologize to him.

The Kanagawa and Mie prefectural police also admitted making erroneous arrests and have apologized to two of the four men. The Metropolitan Police Department also has admitted it made a wrongful arrest.

Police and prosecutors were misled by the real culprit, who remotely controlled the four men's computers, and also conducted sloppy investigations and made false allegations against innocent people. Confidence has been lost in both police and prosecutors.

Police believe a person, who claimed responsibility for the threats in e-mails to TBS and a Tokyo lawyer, actually controlled the computers remotely because the e-mails contained details only the real culprit would know.


Coercion used again?

Those e-mails apparently forced police to admit they arrested the wrong people.

All four men initially denied the allegations, but police did not listen to them.

For instance, the Kanagawa prefectural police included in a detailed statement a university student made that his supposed motive was that he wanted to harass a primary school where students looked happy.

The university student even explained in the statement that he created the alias Juzo Onikoroshi for the online threat because Juzo sounds similar to 13, an unlucky number, in Japanese and Onikoroshi is the name attached to various brands of sake.

This makes us believe the student was coerced into providing statements matching the picture drawn up by police and prosecutors. Police and prosecutors have totally failed to learn from the past false accusation against Atsuko Muraki, a bureaucrat of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, who was arrested for abusing a postal discount system.

It is essential to conduct proper interrogations.


Videotaping interrogations

Police around the country are conducting tests to determine whether interrogations should be made more transparent by audio recording and videotaping them. The latest cases are sure to increase demands for the introduction of such measures.

The MPD and Osaka, Kanagawa and Mie prefectural police have decided to investigate jointly to identify the real perpetrator.

We hope they tap the skills and knowledge of cybercrime experts in both public and private sectors to find the real criminal. If they fail to locate the perpetrator, hackers, who break into the computers of other people, will think the police are pushovers for good.

The latest incidents also reveal a risk of considering an owner of a personal computer as a criminal based solely on an IP address or the address of a computer. Police must study similar cases to determine if they committed mistakes in past investigations.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Oct. 21, 2012)
(2012年10月21日01時30分  読売新聞)


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