Pubdate: Tuesday, 1 Feb 2000
Source: Japan Times, The (Japan)
Copyright: © 1999 Japan Times
See also: "Top cop in drug test coverup"
Suspended term for cop in drug case
The Yokohama District Court on Monday handed a 38-year-old former
assistant inspector in the Kanagawa Prefectural Police a suspended
18-month prison term for using amphetamines.
Yoshihisa Sakayori, who pleaded guilty to the charges, admitted during
his first trial hearing that he had a woman friend inject him with the
drugs at her condominium in Yokohama on Dec. 12, 1996.
The incident led to Japan's biggest police scandal, in which the
Kanagawa force turned over to prosecutors their case against six
senior officials and three other officers who allegedly covered up
Sakayori's drug abuse.
Five of them, including a former chief, Motoo Watanabe, were indicted
in December on charges of playing key roles in the coverup.
Prosecutors, who demanded an 18-month prison term for Sakayori, said
the defendant used marijuana with the woman in August 1996 and started
taking amphetamines after he could no longer gain satisfaction from
Police launched an investigation into the coverup in September.