Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bulletin: Govinda Prasad Mainali: Japan: DNA test results sparks retrial 15 years into sentence; Journalist asks what took so long? Yomiuri Shimbum.

STORY: "Mainali's family hopes to take him back home," by reporter Yoshihisa Fujiyama, published in Yomiuri Shimbum on June 7, 2012.

GIST: "The family members of a Nepalese man serving a life sentence for the 1997 murder of a Japanese woman arrived in Japan on Wednesday to hear the Tokyo High Court's decision on his retrial request, scheduled for Thursday. Family members hope to take 45-year-old Govinda Prasad Mainali back to their home in Katmandu if he is acquitted.........However, Mainali's case attracted renewed attention after new DNA evidence came to light in July, suggesting another man may have had contact with the murder victim at the time of the crime. The finding was made during DNA tests conducted at the request of Mainali's lawyers. The experts' analysis of the DNA test was reported on the front page of numerous Nepalese newspapers. "Many Nepalese respect Japan. This makes us want to know why the new evidence emerged after the trial concluded," said Nepalese journalist Bishnu Nisthuri."

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