KOCHI (Kyodo) The Kochi District Court on Monday sentenced Masatoshi Yabuki, a policy secretary to former Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Masanori Goto, to a suspended 2 1/2-year prison term for violating the election law.

Yabuki was convicted of violating the Public Offices Election Law by paying a total of 2.15 million yen to 19 campaign workers in return for soliciting votes for the former Lower House member during campaigning for the Sept. 11 general election.

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