A man warned the police on his deathbed that he was one of the most wanted fugitives in the world. Japan. He evaded justice for almost 50 years for being a member of a radical group that carried out bomb attacks in the 1970s, Japanese police reported this Friday (2).
Authorities went to a hospital near Tokyo last week to question the 70-year-old man. He informed her that he had terminal cancer and that he wished to die using his real name, Satoshi Kirishimainstead of his pseudonym.
According to police, he also revealed unknown details about the attacks.
Although he was not one of the most important members of the radical group called the East Asian Anti-Japan Armed Front, he was considered the only one of the 10 members who was never captured.
While he was a fugitive, Kirishima never had a cell phone or life insurance, and received his salary in cash. to avoid detection, according to public broadcaster NHK and other local outlets.
Death four days after interrogation
The man died last Monday (29), four days after the interrogation. According to the newspaper “Kyoto News”, Satochi’s identity was confirmed posthumously through DNA tests carried out on him and the suspect’s family members, who were compatible. The police did not confirm the media version.
Yasuhiro Tsuyuki, head of Japan’s National Police Agency, stated that he believes “that the man who died in the hospital after claiming to be Satoshi Kirishima was indeed the suspect.”
Also on Friday (2), police investigators carried out searches in a construction company where Kirishima reportedly worked for around 40 years under the pseudonym Hiroshi Uchida.
Born in 1954, Kirishima was attending university in Tokyo when he began participating in extremist activities and joined the East Asian Anti-Japan Armed Front, a militant group that carried out a series of bomb attacks on major Japanese companies in the 1970s.
In the most famous attack attributed to the Armed Front, eight people were killed and more than 160 were injured in the 1975 attack on a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries building.
It is believed that Kirishima participated in several of the group’s attacks. In one of them, the man placed a time bomb in a building in the Ginza district of Tokyo in April 1975. There were no injuries on that occasion.