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Fan Jailed in Japan for Scalping Ticket

June 19, 2002

An English soccer fan detained by police for more than two weeks for scalping a World Cup ticket is being held under conditions that are normal in Japan and "comply with international standards," British Embassy spokeswoman Sue Kinoshita said.

John Jones, a 43-year-old jeweler from London, has been kept in solitary confinement since being arrested June 1 outside the stadium at Niigata. He was accused of selling a friend's unwanted game ticket for nearly twice its value.

Under Japanese law, Jones can be detained for up to 27 days before he must be charged or set free, Kinoshita said.

Compiled by Fernando Dominguez

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