Compensation sought for man after years in Japan jail
AFPTOKYO--A Nepalese man acquitted last month of murdering a prostitute after serving 15 years in a Japanese jail is seeking US$790,000 in compensation for his time behind bars, according to a press report Sunday.
December 31, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
Govinda Prasad Mainali, 46, was freed and sent back to Nepal in June after his request for a retrial was approved.
He was tried and cleared of murder in his absence by the Tokyo District Court last month, after a DNA test indicated another man was responsible for killing a businesswoman who worked at night as a prostitute, in Tokyo in 1997.
Mainali filed the request for compensation with the court on Friday under a law which allows a person to seek compensation for wrongful imprisonment at a rate of between 1,000 and 12,500 yen (US$12-US$145) per day, the Japan Times reported.