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Minister Punishes Self, Staff Over Abuse Case

March 25, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Japan's justice minister disciplined nine officials -- and docked her own pay -- for overlooking the alleged torture and death of a prison inmate.

Mayumi Moriyama will give up three months of her pay to take responsibility for the ministry's handling of the 2001 incident in which a warden allegedly tortured and killed an inmate by aiming a water cannon blast at his buttocks while he was restrained in handcuffs. The warden was arrested last month.

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