Thursday, January 31, 2013

Toru Goto's Court Battle Goes Into 3rd Year

Mr. Toru Goto, a victim of 12-year-confinement filed a lawsuit on Jan 31, 2011.  His court case is entering into 3rd year.   

The court procedures in the past 2 years are called "Oral Proceedings", but they are proceedings of submitting documents such as statements, counter-statements, briefs, counter-claims etc. from both sides.  More than 200 documents were submitted from Goto side.

This articles shows the schedule of the Goto court case for the first half of 2013.

The "oral proceedings' were held 12 times between Mar. 2011 and Dec 2012.  The oral proceeding ended on Dec. 18, 2012 by deciding the dates of 2013 proceedings, which  are Examination of Witnesses including plaintiff and defendants as follows;
Mar. 11, 2013 10:00-17:00 Examination of Plaintiff, Toru Goto

Apr. 8, 2013 10:00-17:00 Examination of Witnesses
                                         One from plaintiff, One from defendants
May 14, 2013 10:00-15:00 Examination of Toru Goto's Brother

Jun 3, 2013 10:00-17:00 Examination of Toru Goto's Brother's Wife
                                        Examination of Pastor Matsunaga
Jun 17, 2013 10:00-17:00 Examination of Toru Goto's Sister
                                          Examination of Takashi Miyamura

About 20 years ago, one civil case filed by a deprogramming victim, Jason Scott completely ended the deprogramming practices in America.

In Scott’s criminal case (1993), the deprogrammer Rick Ross ended in acquittal.  But in the civil case (1995), Scott was awarded almost US5 million in damage compensation and punitive compensation from deprogrammer Rick Ross, his assistants and CAN, which brought CAN out of business.

In Goto's case, prosecutors rejected to prosecute the deprogrammers.  Now Goto's civil case enters 3rd year.  Though there's a 20-year-interval, Goto's case could bring similar results to Scott's case. 

It would take another year or so until the judgement in the Tokyo District Court.

Information Source of Jason Scott Case:

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