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Nepal man leaves Japan after miscarriage of justice

TOKYO (AFP): A Nepalese man who spent 15 years in a Japan prison before his conviction for a high-profile murder was overturned left for his home country on Friday, news reports said.

Govinda Prasad Mainali, 45, departed from Narita airport for Nepal via Bangkok after a Tokyo court last week ordered his retrial for the 1997 murder, Jiji Press said.

Mainali was deported by Japan’s immigration office after originally being convicted of overstaying his visa. He is not expected to be present at his retrial.

He was convicted of choking to death a 39-year-old Japanese woman in March 1997 and given a life sentence, but the Tokyo High Court ruled that DNA tests had revealed the semen found inside the victim was not his.

The case attracted lurid headlines, particularly in the tabloid press, which said the victim was leading a double life as a businesswoman by day and a prostitute by night.

Television footage showed Mainali wearing a suit as he boarded the plane home with his wife and two grown-up children, without responding to questions from journalists.

Published Date: Friday, June 15th, 2012 | 11:07 AM

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