Patrick Loughlin is a 33 year old British Citizen who I believe has been wrongly imprisoned in Japan and is currently subjected to horrific treatment.
Pat was attacked by a number of Japanese men brandishing weapons. The man who died was trying to help Pat who ran to the Police for protection but was the only person to be arrested. Pat was interrogated for 36 hours without a lawyer, a phone call, a wash, a shave or a change of clothes. Despite the threats and intimidation Pat would not sign a confession and has always protested his innocence.
Pat has been in solitary confinement for over 2 years. He has been severely beaten a number of times and on one occasion was strangled to the point where he backed out, this was to persuade Pat to end his peaceful hunger strike in protest of the treatment. The conditions in Japanese prisons are abysmal - climate freezing or boiling depending on the season, food etc. Beatings are handed out by the guards if any of the hundreds of ridiculous rules are broken -e.g. prisoners must sit on the floor in their cell, no standing, walking, sitting or lying on bed.
Pat has many Japanese friends a 1000 signature petition was handed to the court on his behalf. Pat has had to endure over 2 years of hell and his family and friends fear for his safety and sanity!
The current situation:
Pat is serving his 4 year sentence for grievous bodily harm leading to death in Osaka prison. The conditions are slightly better than those encountered previously. He is no longer in solitary confinement 24 hours a day and the guards are less aggressive. Pat is only allowed to receive letters from family and lawyers and can only write 3 sides of A4 letter a month.
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