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The Tokyo High Court on Friday reversed a lower court’s acquittal of a 34-year-old Nepalese man and sentenced him to life in prison for the 1997 murder of a female employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The Tokyo District Court in April found Govinda Prasad Mainali, a former restaurant employee, not guilty of slaying the 39-year-old woman and robbing her of 40,000 yen, saying there was evidence posing reasonable doubt that he had strangled her.

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