Prosecutors seek 2½-year prison sentence for Okinawa’s prominent anti-base protest leader
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japanese prosecutors are reportedly requesting a prison sentence of two and a half years with hard labor for the anti-U.S. base protest leader whose recent five-month detention drew international attention and condemnation from human-rights groups.
Hiroji Yamashiro, 64, chairman of The Okinawa Peace Activity Center, was arrested Oct. 16, 2016, and charged with a string of protest-related offenses — from cutting barbed wire at a U.S. installation to obstructing police and businesses.
He was released in March on a $64,000 bond while awaiting trial.
Yamashiro and his group are committed to halting U.S. military expansion within the island prefecture, including the relocation of air operations from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Camp Schwab in the remote northern recesses of Okinawa.
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