Monday, July 30, 2012

Japan: Govinda Mainali: Court's decision granting a retrial expected to be maintained - in spite of prosecutor's objections. Yomiuri Shimbun.

GIST: "The Tokyo High Court said it will decide next Tuesday whether to approve or reject the prosecutors' objection to the court's decision to order a retrial for a Nepalese man who was initially found guilty in a 1997 murder case. As deliberations on the objection are taking place less than two months after the objection was made, the court's decision to grant the retrial for Govinda Prasad Mainali over the murder of a female employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co. will likely be maintained.........In a hearing on the objection Tuesday, prosecutors insisted the court's decision was based on a DNA examination indicating a third person may have been involved in the murder, which was approved as new evidence. But prosecutors argue that reviewing unrelated evidence runs counter to precedents concerning requests for retrials. On the other hand, the defense team argued the court's decision is appropriate as previous cases show old and new evidence have always been examined comprehensively."

The entire story can be found at:


I am monitoring this case. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments.

The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:

Please send any comments or information on other cases and issues of interest to the readers of this blog to:

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.