Japan court allows police to spy on Muslims

The Tokyo District Court ruled on Wednesday that police could spy on individuals just for being Muslims.

Japan court allows police to spy on Muslims

World Bulletin / News Desk

Police in Japan are able to collect data and information on individuals just because they are Muslim, despite a court ruling in favor of 17 individuals who sought compensation for having their personal details leaked.

The lawyer who successfully won the case at the Tokyo District Court on Wednesday, Toshiro Ueyanagi, said “there was a total lack of consideration for human rights,” regarding the prying into the personal lives of his plaintiffs just because they were Muslims.

The nationalities, portraits, place of employment, family composition and places frequently visited by the plaintiffs were leaked into a 114 page document about terrorism, which was posted on the internet in 2010.

Despite granting a 90 million Yen payout to the Muslim plaintiffs over the leaks, the court also ruled that Japanese police had the right to collect information on individuals just for being Muslim, drawing further condemnation from the plaintiffs.

Although the Third Foreign Affairs Division of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Public Security Bureau is believed to have collected the information, no suspect has been identified for over the leaks.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ocak 2014, 15:45