November 29th 2004
British Citizen Patrick Laughlin, another victim of gross injustice in
Japan was released from the notorious Osaka jail on September 4th 2003.
Pat was released on parole but actually served 3 yrs, 10 months and 5 days
of a 4 years sentence! He has written about his experiences on the
website set up for him. Please
read what he has to say about his treatment in Japanese prison, the
inaction of the British authorities and how he was forced into slave
labour for Japanese conglomerates:-
"The treatment afforded to me in the detention centres was disgraceful. In
Okazaki conditions were appalling and I was refused essential medical
treatment and rightful communication with the British authorities. I
didn't things could get any worse but sadly I was very mistaken.
Once in Nagoya it didn't take long for me to witness the brutality of the
regime. I saw 1st hand a mentally disabled prisoner being kicked and
abused by a number of thug guards. A few months later those same thugs
turned their attention to me. They were determined to break me! They
denied me and all other foreign prisoners our basic human rights and
treated me far worse than the Japanese prisoners. Because I was not
prepared to sit back and take it, because I was determined to speak up for
my rights and at times those of others, I was targeted. Further rights
were denied, the more I complained the worse it got. I was regularly
threatened and physically abused on a number of occasions. It got so bad I
decided to hunger strike in a desperate attempt to highlight the barbaric
system and the way they treated prisoners.
After 5 days of hunger strike they started to threaten me after a few more
they nearly killed me. I was strangled to within an inch of my life and
placed in an extremely painful torture device which is outlawed
internationally. In Japan it has now come to light that several people
have died from injuries caused by this belt.
During this time I pleaded with the British authorities to protect me, I
made several complaints and asked for intervention and a thorough
investigation. I was ignored and only when the revelations of several
peoples deaths in Nagoya prison came to their attention 18months later,
did they contemplate the possibility that my ordeal may have been true. I
actually wrote to them stating [Now do you believe me?]. I was physically
abused at least 10 times and each time I reported it the British
authorities came up with excuses to vindicate the actions of the Japanese.
I was so relieved to be sent to Osaka. In the main conditions were better
but still not good. The system there is extremely oppressive, particularly
towards foreigners and disabled people. The prison factory system is
nothing more than slave labour! To begin with I was paid £3 for a months
work. I worked hard, you had to. You couldn't talk, look away from your
desk and if you broke any 1 of their ridiculous, meaningless rules you'd
be sent to solitary confinement. I know that in these factories parts are
made for subsidiaries of large Japanese conglomerates.
I am in the process of writing a book and I only hope that by sharing my
experiences I may be able to help others in future. The Japanese judicial
system is completely unfair and the penal system barbaric and archaic. The
treatment I received is still being dished out to all prisoners in Japan
and particularly severely to foreigners. I'd like to finish by thanking
you for all your support and to bring your attention to the plight of Nick
Baker and Chris Snell, UK Nationals who are suffering exactly the same
type of injustices and struggling to stay safe and well right now in other
Japanese hell holes. Both have web sites so please try and access them and
offer your support as they will truly need it."
FPSS would like to extend a warm welcome home to Patrick
who is now helping others through his own personal experiences.