Wednesday, 27th February 2008
In General Japan News,
Yakuza gang member escapes hospital
A yakuza gang member has escaped from a hospital in Japan's Chiba Prefecture.
The man, a 69-year-old member of the Matsuba-kai syndicate, escaped from the hospital on February 24th while unguarded.
Details of the escape have been confirmed by officials from Tokyo's High Court, reports Kyodo News.
Although a nurse had visited his room at 19:00 local time and found it empty, it was not until two hours later that the gang member was classified as an escapee.
Following a conviction in March 2007 for the illegal import of amphetamines from North Korea, the man had been fined a significant sum and awarded a custodial sentence of life imprisonment.
However, at the time of the hospital escape, the man had been appealing against his sentence.
Matsuba-kai is a yakuza criminal organisation based in Tokyo's Asakusa district. The organisation's name, when translated, means "Pine Needle Association".
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