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Police said Wednesday they used wiretapping in a murder case for the first time last year and arrested a suspect in the gangland slaying.

The Mie Prefectural Police obtained a warrant for wiretapping after they determined it was highly likely an underworld group was involved in the fatal shooting of a senior member of a gang affiliated with Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest crime syndicate, in the prefecture in July 2003, police officials said.

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