48 Years Behind Bars: World’s Longest Death-Row Inmate Released From Jail

Category: World / Mar 27, 2014 10:19AM EDT

This man aged 78 is believed to be the longest serving death row inmate in the world. His name is Iwao Hakamodo and he was released from prison in Tokyo on Thursday after the court ordered a retrial case. A few hours later, the bars that had held him for over 48 years were gone and he was free, for now anyhow.

He has been accused of murdering 4 people, including 2 children, and has been on death row for 30 years. He was sentenced to death in 1968; he first pleaded guilty to the murders, but shortly thereafter pleaded his innocence and retracted the confession.

His lawyers are now going to fight for his release permanently as they argue that DNA tests on clothes with the blood of the victims on it, did not match his.

Capital punishment in Japan is a terrifying thought, as inmates do not know the date of their execution till the day of. The method of killing is even more brutal, as those on death row are hung till they die.

Video Courtesy Of Reuters