Long-term detainee Okinawa peace activist Yamashiro released on bail

Long-term detainee Okinawa peace activist Yamashiro released on bail


March 18, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Okinawa Peace Movement Center Chairman Hiroji Yamashiro, 64, had been detained for approximately five months for his protest activities regarding the new base construction in Henoko of Nago and the U.S. military Northern Training Area helipad construction. He was prosecuted for forcible obstruction of business, obstruction of official business, inflicting bodily harm, and destruction of property. On the afternoon of March 18, the Naha Branch of the Fukuoka High Court decided to dismiss the appeal made by the Naha District Public Prosecutor’s Office. Yamashiro paid his bail and left the Naha Detention Center around 8 p.m. the same day. Supporters who had gathered welcomed him with applause.

On March 17, the Naha District Court decided on granting Yamashiro’s bail. However, dissatisfied with this decision, the Naha District Public Prosecutor’s Office appealed to the Naha Branch of the Fukuoka High Court on the same day.

(English translation by T&CT and Chelsea Ashimine)

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