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The life sentence stands for a former Fuji Bank employee who murdered a couple in Saitama Prefecture in 1998, the Tokyo High Court ruled Wednesday, upholding the lower court decision and rejecting demands by prosecutors for capital punishment.

In upholding the life sentence for Terumitsu Okafuji, 34, presiding Judge Shogo Takahashi said, “It is worth listening to the prosecutors’ demand that the court impose capital punishment for such an outrageously cruel and vicious crime in which the defendant killed an unresisting husband and wife.

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