The Tokyo District Court heard and admission and an apology on May 22 from a former employee of an IT company who was on trial for allegedly hacking into other people’s computers to send threats. His actions had then caused the police to suspect the owners of the computers and had them arrested, and the employee had initially denied all the charges brought against him.
“It’s all true,” the 32-year-old former employee, Yusuke Katayama, told the court. “I’m really sorry. I deceived a lot of people up until now and I want to apologize.” Katayama appeared in court after he was taken into custody on May 20 by the police – his bail had been revoked by the Tokyo District Court. Katayama seemed very uncomfortable during the trial, casting his gaze at the spectator’s gallery several times. There were times when he looked very much unsettled as he listened to the trial proceedings. Katayama’s lead lawyer, Hiroshi Sato, confirmed that the suspect wanted to apologize for the crime. “I betrayed those targeted by the threats, the people I misled, and the people who supported me believing I was innocent,” Katayama added to his admission.
Previously Katayama’s lawyers had made the argument that their client was not capable of the crime he was being held for – which was to create a computer virus that allows him to take over other people’s computers. They then retracted that argument in the hearing on May 22 after Katayama’s admission. The lawyers had wanted to question the people who were falsely arrested, but looking at these new developments. That may not be needed anymore. At the same time, the lawyers are also considering to put Katayama under a psychiatric evaluation.
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