A former senior health ministry official appealed Tuesday his Sept. 28 conviction and suspended prison term, handed down because a liver patient died of AIDS after the official failed to stop the use of HIV-contaminated blood products in the 1980s.

Akihito Matsumura, 60, ex-head of the former Health and Welfare Ministry’s now-defunct biologics division, filed the appeal with the Tokyo High Court because he was dissatisfied with the Tokyo District Court verdict and one-year prison term, which was suspended for two years.

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