The trial of Kozo Okamoto, lone survivor of the Japanese suicide squad that attacked passenger at Israel's Lydda Airport, is taking place in a wooden barracks in Sarafand military Camp.
The trial of Kozo Okamoto, lone survivor of the Japanese suicide squad that attacked passenger at Israel's Lydda Airport, is taking place in a wooden barracks in Sarafand military Camp. The trial, which opened on Monday (10 July), is being held only a few miles from the airport customs hall where Okamoto and two other Japanese killed or injured over one-hundred people in the attack on May 30.
The trial is being held under strict security precautions. Everybody entering the building is subjected to an intensive search, and admission is by special pass only.
Okamoto himself is heavily guarded. Two military policemen are constantly at his side, and they are handcuffed to the defendant during the count session.
On the second day of the trial, Okamoto st passively as an Israeli general admitted to the court that he had lured Okamoto into making confession by offering to give him a revolver afterwards, so that Okamoto could kill himself.
General Zeevi, head of Israel's Central Command, said that he had no intention of fulfilling this agreement with Okamoto. He said he had made the offer to save lives in possible further guerrilla attacks.
On the opening day of the trial, Okamoto had pleaded guilty to the four-count indictment against him. Three of the four charges against him carry the death penalty.
Also appearing at the day's session were an Israeli Security Officer and an Israeli girl, Miss Ahuve Gast, who was in the customs hall at the time of the attack.
It is believed unlikely that the maximum penalty of death will be imposed. Only one person has been executed in Israel since the country was established twenty-four years ago -- Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.