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A former police officer was given a suspended sentence Sept. 12 at the Tokyo District Court for framing a man on charges of drug possession in April to boost his job performance record.

Presiding Judge Toshiyuki Kosaka told Ryoichi Akamatsu, 25, that he should recollect his original motivation for becoming a police officer and consider why he committed such an absurd crime. Akamatsu, standing stiffly and dressed in a dark suit, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, suspended for four years, for abuse of public authority and for illegal possession of stimulants.

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