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Nine Japanese students accused of assaulting and kidnapping a fellow student who was found dead at their Auckland-based academy last month will now face murder charges, police in New Zealand said Wednesday.

The students, aged between 17 and 26, are expected to be charged in court Thursday with the murder of 22-year-old Nozomu Shinozaki, whose body was found with head injuries by emergency services workers at the Columbus Academy in West Harbor, West Auckland, on Feb. 26, a police spokeswoman told Kyodo News.

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