HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) The Hiroshima District Court gave a suspended prison term Friday to the sister of a Peruvian man who was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a 7-year-old girl in Hiroshima last November.

Carmen Esperanza Torres Yagi, 35, sister of Jose Manuel Torres Yagi, 34, was found guilty of violating the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law for presenting falsified documents on her brother in June 2003 to apply for government permission for him to reside in Japan.

The court sentenced Esperanza to one year in prison, suspended for three years.

Judge Masaichiro Iihata said Esperanza had actively persuaded her brother to come to Japan because of her concern about their family in Peru, who were poor.

On July 4, the Hiroshima District Court sentenced Jose Manuel Torres Yagi to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting and killing Airi Kinoshita, a first-grader, on Nov. 22, 2005.

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