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October 13th, 2009
07:42 AM ET

U.S. dad mistreated in Japan jail, lawyer says

TOKYO, Japan (CNN) - An American father jailed in Tokyo has been harshly treated, his attorney said Monday, while Japanese authorities said he is getting "special" treatment.

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/10/12/japan.savoie.custody.battle/art.father.wtvf.jpg caption="Christopher Savoie is in jail in Japan after trying to get back his son, Isaac, and daughter, Rebecca."]

Attorney Jeremy Morley, in a statement released Monday, said Christopher Savoie - accused of trying to kidnap his children after his ex-wife took them to Japan - is being held without trial, interrogated without an attorney present and denied needed medical treatment for high blood pressure.

Savoie has also been exposed to sleep deprivation, and denied private meetings with attorneys and phone calls to his wife, according to Morley, who said the way his client has been treated amounts to "torture."

He acknowledged that some of the claims are based on second-hand information from Savoie's wife, Amy, saying she has communicated with people familiar with her husband's case.

Police in Yanagawa, a rural town in southern Japan where Savoie is being held, denied the allegations in Morley's statement, saying Savoie gets regular visits by a physician and medicine as prescribed.

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  1. Renee in America

    It is to be expected to be treated poorly in other regions. I think we should follow suit frankly. It would take care of our overcrowded prisons, and keep our taxpayers money flowing into other meaningful things. The United States is the only region that caters to its prisoners and the only region where the prisoners live a life more fully than most of those that abide by the laws. Prison isn't supposed to be a vacation people!

    I do not think that the United States will ever pull its head out of its ass and unitl we the people speak up, it will continue to go the direction its going.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  2. TANZEL COURTNEY

    Why is it that when a child is involved the u.s. can not and will not make a stern demand for the return of the child .U.S. dads & moms are told to bad .But we give the child back real fast.The u.s. is so gutless anymore unless it involves money & trade which is used .

    October 14, 2009 at 6:44 am |
  3. Michael Harris

    As one who spent a lot of years in a control room directing and producing live TV I am truly impressed (but left wanting more...) at John and Kieran's restraint during the piece on Wife-Carrying. And especially his abrupt (and adept) change in direction instead of reacting to the "position..." comment. (What went into his IFB????)The look on Kieran's face was priceless. If you guys aren't having fun with this after the show there is something wrong with you! I was nearly incapicitated by imagining the headset chatter. Thanks for the reminder of some of the parts I miss the most since leaving the business but can now share with a knowing smile with my daughter (whom I couldn't discourage from following her old man into a control room).

    -Michael

    October 13, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  4. Young Liberal in Texas

    When is the government of our nation going to do something about this? The President needs to grow a spine and speak up. If this is not his job....what is? I'm a liberal and I'm beginning to think we should have wiped Japan off of the map when we had a chance....and guess what.....it is never too late to do so.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  5. Jean Maurilus

    I get my daily dose of CNN; however, today in about an hour I have learned of 4 book releases, is CNN out of news worthy materials? Or its just an accident; not to mention of those 4 books 3 are written by 2 CNN's reporters 1 or the 2 by consultants. Please advise.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:43 am |