Anti-Henoko activist released after being detained for more than 3 months
March 8, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On March 8, 66-year-old Hiroshi Inaba, who has been active in the protest against construction of the new base in Henoko, Nago, which is part of the relocation of the U.S. Futenma airfield in Ginowan, was released after being detained in the Naha Detention Center for more than three months. He was arrested and prosecuted on the charge of forcible obstruction of business.
The Naha District Court decided to release him on bail on March 7.
After he was freed, Inaba said, “I couldn’t endure anymore really. I am relieved now.” He also told supporters who gathered in front of the detention center demanding his release, “Your voices reached me every day including Saturday and Sunday and encouraged me. I am grateful to you from the bottom of my heart.”
He was concerned about Hiroji Yamashiro, director of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center, who remains in detention, saying, “He is not allowed to have any visitors beside his lawyers. He is in a tougher situation than me. My heart hurts thinking about him.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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