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Japan court dismisses wartime suppression case

world Updated: Mar 30, 2009 13:33 IST

The Yokohama District Court on Monday dismissed a retrial case of a deceased journalist who was convicted in the "Yokohama Incident," often described as Japan's worst case of repression of free speech during World War II, without giving a verdict.

The court passed no judgment on whether or not Yasuhito Ono was guilty of promoting communism in violation of a wartime law aimed at cracking down on communists, antiwar activists and insurgent activities in the name of preserving peace and order.

The court decision comes 64 years after Ono, an editorial staff member of the magazine "Kaizo" (Reform), was convicted in September 1945 of breaking the now defunct Peace Preservation Law.

The focal point of the case was whether the lower court would hand down a not guilty verdict and refer to the responsibility of the past judiciary system.

The Supreme Court rejected a separate retrial case involving another five Yokohama Incident defendants last March, ruling, "A court is obliged to terminate court deliberations in the event of an abolishment of penalty or if an amnesty is granted, and no appeal may be filed against a decision for such termination.