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Prosecution investigators have been sent to Peru to collect more information about the criminal record of a Peruvian man sentenced to life imprisonment in July for sexually assaulting and killing a 7-year-old Hiroshima girl last November, investigative sources said Friday.

Judicial experts say the prosecutors are apparently collecting additional evidence to back up their argument that Jose Manuel Torres Yagi, 34, has a record of sexual crimes in Peru, as earlier reports alleged.

The prosecution, which demanded the death sentence for Yagi at the Hiroshima District Court, hopes to present fresh evidence in Yagi’s ongoing appeals trial at the Hiroshima High Court, the sources said.

In February, when Yagi was on trial at the district court, investigators visited Peru to collect evidence.

But Presiding Judge Hiromichi Iwakura refused to accept as evidence prosecution-presented materials on Yagi’s criminal record in Peru after the defense counsel objected, saying the information was collected too late.

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