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Ex-yakuza on death row prosecuted for murder in killing of real estate exec

Osamu Yano
Osamu Yano has been prosecuted on charges of murder in the killing of a rest estate executive (TBS News)

TOKYO (TR) – A former gangster on death row has been prosecuted on charges of murder in the killing of a real estate executive who went missing two decades ago, reports TBS News (May 1).

On Monday, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office prosecuted Osamu Yano, a 68-year-old former head of the Yano Mutsumi-kai, a one time affiliate gang of the Sumiyoshi-kai, on charges of murder in the death of Mamoru Saito, a 49-year-old real estate executive whose whereabouts became unknown in 1998.

The arrest follows a confession by Yano. Last year, he told investigators that the body of Saito had been dumped in Saitama Prefecture. In November, a search crew found human bones in a mountainous area of the town of Tokigawa that were later confirmed to belong to Saito.

Yano is currently on death row for ordering two members of his gang to carry out a shooting that left four people dead at a “snack” hostess club in Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture on January 25, 2003.

Saito went missing after a meeting in the Ikebukuro area of Tokyo’s Toshima Ward on April 5, 1998. According to information released in a court-related report in September of 2014, Yano said Saito was abducted and strangled to death over money problems that included a loan of 86 million yen.