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According to the Justice Ministry, nearly half of death row inmates were on continuous...

According to the Justice Ministry, nearly half of death row inmates were on continuous...

The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network Friday, Dec 30, 2011 According to the Justice Ministry, nearly half of death row inmates were on continuous medication for mental stress as of late November. However, a ministry official said no inmates were insane. The ministry's data showed that 56 of 124 inmates on death row had complained of psychological symptoms and had been continuously treated with drugs. Symptoms such as insomnia and hallucination can occur when confined to a closed space for a long period of time. As some inmates have been detained for over 30 years, it is suspected that many of their symptoms are the result of their lengthy detention, observers said. The Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that if a death row inmate is diagnosed as insane, execution will be suspended by order of the justice minister. However, a high-ranking ministry official denies that any o...

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