[IWAR] JAPAN police raid, insecure commo

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Date: Fri Apr 10 1998 - 09:51:13 PDT

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    Friday April 10 11:57 AM ET
    Raid on leftist lair yields police radio recordings
       Police confiscated several thousand recordings April 10, many including
       conversations between investigators, during a search of a hideout of the
       ultra-leftist Kakumaru-ha (Revolutionary Marxist Faction).
       Police suspect high-powered receivers found at the hideout in Urayasu,
       Chiba Prefecture, were used to eavesdrop on their radio conversations.
       The Metropolitan Police Department's Public Security Bureau confiscated
       not only the tapes but also the receivers and documents. The items
       filled about 80 cardboard boxes.
       A two-day search was started Thursday morning in connection with the
       leak of prosecution documents on a Kobe teenager who killed two
       schoolchildren last year. Police put six Kakumaru-ha members on a
       nationwide wanted list Tuesday on suspicion of stealing copies of
       prosecution depositions on the 15-year-old boy from a Hyogo prefectural
       hospital in Kobe. A doctor who conducted psychiatric tests on the boy
       works at the hospital.
       Eight women were present when police conducted the search of the hideout
       -- a pair of apartments rented by Kakumaru-ha at Kitazakae, Urayasu.
       Police suspect they are Kakumaru-ha members engaged in eavesdropping on
       police radio conversations, and that the site was the base of such
       The group may have been able to decode the digital radio transmissions,
       which police claimed were secure. The discovery will probably force law
       enforcement authorities to take drastic countermeasures in the near
       future, investigative sources said.
       Public security officials of the MPD suspect that each time it changed
       the mode of the digital transmission, Kakumaru-ha members were still
       able to listen in to the police conversations. Members of the group
       admitted in a news conference Thursday in Tokyo that it has eavesdropped
       on police conversations, calling the raid "unlawful" and saying
       listening in on police is "necessary to protect the organization."
       Kakumaru-ha members also said documents police confiscated last January
       from another hideout, in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, included records of MPD
       conversations about them tailing a former senior policeman, Toshiyuki
       Kosugi, 32. Kosugi, a former Aum Shinrikyo member, had confessed to
       being the triggerman in the 1995 ambush of then National Police Agency
       chief Takaji Kunimatsu, who was seriously wounded. Kosugi was never
       charged in the attack after police failed to find the pistol he claimed
       to have used, which he said he threw into the Kanda River.
       Copyright  1998, The Japan Times

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