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Former Japan Red Army Prisoner Haruo Wako Dies While in Prison

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Haruo Wako

Haruo Wako, 75, a former member of the Japanese Red Army who was imprisoned for life for attempted murder and confinement, died of illness on Saturday, it has been learned.

Wako conspired with other members to occupy embassies in The Hague in 1974 and Kuala Lumpur in 1975, demanding the release of members in custody in both Japan and France. He was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Tokyo District Court in March 2005 for confining embassy staff and seriously injuring them by shooting at police officers and guards in both cases.