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Japanese Red Army member Tsutomu Shirosaki arrested

  • 2015-02-23 15:00:00
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(Sankei: February 21, 2015 – p. 1)


 The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Public Security Bureau arrested Japanese Red Army member Tsutomu Shirosaki, 67, on Feb. 20 on suspicion of arson and attempted murder in connection with mortar attacks on the Japanese and U.S. embassies in Jakarta in 1986. Shirosaki was among the prisoners freed by the Japanese government in 1977 to meet the demands of Japanese Red Army members who hijacked a Japan Airlines plane in the so-called Dhaka incident in 1977. He was deported from the United States and has returned to Japan for the first time in 37 years.


 According to a source familiar with the matter, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Public Security Bureau has not yet released the details of the case. Shirosaki has remained silent during questioning.


 The arrest warrant said Shirosaki tried to kill people by firing explosives toward the Japanese Embassy around 11:30 a.m. on May 14, 1986, and to set fire to a hotel room to destroy the evidence. The Public Security Bureau put him on the international wanted list on suspicion of attempted arson in 1992 because his fingerprints were found in the hotel room from where the mortar shells were fired.


 Shirosaki was arrested in Nepal in 1996 and transferred to the United States. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the U.S. and was released from jail in January of this year.

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