‘You’ll Regret This’: The shocking threat from a Japanese crime boss to a judge after being sentenced to death | world News

A Japanese criminal leader has issued a sinister warning to a judge after he was sentenced to death for ordering the murder and assault of citizens.

Satoru Nomura, the 74-year-old head of the Kodo Kai Yakuza group of about 220 active members, denied the accusations that he was the mastermind of the horrific crimes.

The Fukuoka District Court confirmed it had sentenced Nomura to death, but Japanese media said there was a lack of evidence linking him directly to the crimes.

“You asked for a fair decision… you will regret this for the rest of your life,” Nomura was quoted by the Nichinibun Shimbun as telling the judge after sentencing him.

The Kudo-kai is the largest yakuza mafia in the Kitakyushu region and is famous for its military style, using the likes of machine guns and grenades in its activities.

The yakuza – the English equivalent of the term gangster – has long been tolerated in Japan as a necessary evil to ensure order on the streets – but gang repression, combined with waning social tolerance and a weak economy, has led to a decline in yakuza numbers.

“criminal acts [of Nomura] “The death sentence was very inevitable, and the death sentence is inevitable,” Court President Ben Adachi said in the ruling.

It is believed to be the first death sentence handed down to a criminal gang leader defined by law – and it could have an impact on police investigations into crime gangs in the future.

Major media reported that Nomura was convicted of shooting a former head of a fishing cooperative.

He was also said to be behind a 2014 attack on a relative of a murder victim, as well as a 2013 knife attack on a nurse at a clinic where Nomura was seeking treatment.

Police leave the Kodo Kai building after a 2014 raid

The mafia boss was also accused of being behind the 2012 shooting of a former police official who had investigated Kudo-kai. The victim survived, but sustained serious injuries to his waist and legs.

Fumio Tano, Nomura’s second-in-command, was jailed for life on Tuesday.

Unlike the Italian mafia or the Chinese triads, the yakuza are not illegal and each group has its own known police headquarters.

Japan is one of the last countries in the developed world to retain the death penalty and has more than 100 prisoners on death row.

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