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In what is believed a criminal trial first, the Tokyo District Court on Friday allowed a victimized party to participate in proceedings during a session in connection with a fatal traffic accident, with the result that the participants presumed the defendant deserved prison.

The participants were the widow and brother of a 34-year-old man who died after being hit by a truck in Tokyo last August. The 66-year-old trucker has been indicted without arrest.

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