Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Toru Goto's Case Ends before Christmas 2013

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Mr. Toru Goto, a victim of 12-year-confinement filed a civil lawsuit on Jan 31, 2011.  Since then until the end of 2012, 12 sessions were held at the Tokyo District Court.  Those sessions are officially called "Oral Proceedings", but they are basically for the confirmation of submitted documents form both sides.

In 2013, the following 5 sessions were held. These sessions consisted of examination-in-chief and cross-examination of the plaintiff,  witnesses and the defendants.  (Examination-in-chief is the proceeding of the questions and answers to the plaintiff, witnesses, the defendants from their own lawyer(s).  Cross-examination is the proceeding from opponent's lawyer(s).  I myself was in Tokyo to observe the last 2 sessions in June 2013.
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

Then, the case was concluded with the submission of the final statements from both sides on Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013.  It had 18 sessions in total and took almost 3 years.  The judgement day is very close now.  The judgement day was arranged by the judge as follows.  I will try to be in Japan to witness the judgement, which I hope should have very strong impact on the deprogramming practices in Japan.
Judgement day of Toru Goto's Case:
Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 (1:30pm)
Room 709, Tokyo District Court

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