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Longest-serving death row prisoner Iwao Hakamada is freed after 48 years

A Japanese court has ordered the release of an ageing prisoner who is believed to be the longest-serving inmate on death row, after spending 48 years behind bars. Iwao Hakamada, 78 and showing signs of dementia, will face a retrial amid doubts about the evidence used to convict him. The professional boxer was accused in 1966 of killing four people, including two children, and burning down their house. He allegedly admitted to the killing but then retracted his confession, which he said was made under brutal police interrogation, and pleaded innocent during the trial. He was found guilty and sentenced to death.

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