Disability Japan Sagamihara

Accused in Sagamihara trial: ‘I would like to remove my lawyer’

"The lawyers and my ideas are the exact opposite, not a claim of insanity" whilst explaining why he wants his lawyers to be fired.

Written by Barrier Free Japan with extracts translated from Yahoo! Japan via TBS News

January 22nd 2020

The trial of a man accused of killing 19 people and injuring others at a care home in Sagamihara City on July 26th 2016, continued on January 20th & 21st at the Yokohama District Court.

Satoshi Uematsu, aged 30, has pleaded not guilty to killing 19 residents and injuring dozens more at the the Tsukui Lily Garden facility for people with disabilities in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

On the morning of January 22nd, Uematsu was interviewed in prison by JNN News for about 30 minutes, and said, “I want to be tried alone,” and “I want to remove my lawyer.”

Uematsu’s lawyers have argued his not guilty because of a mental illness caused by drugs, but Uematsu said:

“The lawyers and my ideas are an exact opposite, not a claim of insanity”, Uematsu said whilst explaining why he wants his lawyers to be fired.

The next hearing will be held on January 24th.

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