Japan executes two for murder

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 20:18

London: Japan has executed two people, including a 65-year old woman and leader of a cult, who were convicted of six murders that took place during exorcisms, a media report said.

According to the Daily Mail, the justice ministry said the woman, Sachiko Eto, and 39-year-old Yukinori Matsuda were executed Thursday by hanging.

Matsuda was convicted of killing two people during a robbery in 2003.

Eto and two accomplices, including her daughter, were convicted of beating their victims to drive out "demons" and then hiding their bodies at her home.

Her lawyers argued she was suffering from mental problems at the time of the crimes, and the woman pleaded not guilty.

But a court ruled that her crimes were "excessively grave".

Eto`s daughter and another cult member were sentenced to life in prison for the 1995 murders.

Japan had no executions in 2011 but has conducted seven this year. The justice ministry said 131 convicts are on death row.


First Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 20:18

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