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Iwao Hakamada awarded with the Boxing Belt by WBC

Apr 7, 2014 14:14 IST

Iwao Hakamada, the Japanese boxer on 6 April 2014 was awarded with an honorary championship belt by World Boxing Council (WBC). Hakamada was freed from death row on 27 March 2014 after 48 years in prison following a murder conviction.

On behalf of him, the belt was received by his elder sister Hideko from the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman. At present, Hakamada is receiving hospital treatment since being released from the Tokyo prison. The green belt has been sewn by a portrait of Kahamada.

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Background
Iwao Hakamada was accused of robbing and stabbing his boss to death along with his wife and two children. Initially, he admitted to the crime but later said that he was forced to confess on the crime. At the time, when he was accused of the crime, was preparing to return to the professional boxing in 1966.

Death sentence was pronounced on his name in 1968, but in 1976 it was upheld and by the Supreme Court in 1980.

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