A decision from an Ontario court in Canada was upheld by a court of appeals on Monday to extradite a 42-year old Chinese man sought by the Japanese authorities. Japan is seeking the man as part of the investigation over the death of three women in a city west of Tokyo 18 years ago. The wanted man, Liang He, who currently lives in Canada, is also alleged to have illegally acquired a Japanese passport.
The Japanese police believe that Liang knows the murderer of three women who died in a robbery at a supermarket in Hachioji in 1995. A man named Teruo Takeda, brought into custody by the police in 2009, testified that the Chinese man knew the murderer. Takeda was executed a year later in China for drug trafficking. The 42-year old man, who is originally from Fujian Province of China, is alleged to have acquired a Japanese passport illegally in 2002. The lower court concluded last September to have him extradited to Japan for his passport issues, as well as for leaving the country in the same year.
However, his lawyer Robin Parker claims that Japan is committing “an abuse of process” for trying to extradite Liang because of passport violations in order to bring him into custody for the murders in the Tokyo suburb. But the court thought otherwise and considered that Japan has “a valid basis to pursue” the man.
Parker also believes that his client can bring up his case to the Supreme Court of Canada, although it has not been decided yet. If the man seeks to do so, negotiations between Japan and the Justice Ministry of Canada will determine when he will be extradited. In an earlier decision from the ministry in March, it was noted that the man can only be extradited to Japan given that they do not “detain” or try to punish him, like sending him back to China, except for his passport violation.
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