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The defense counsel of a 62-year-old man believed wrongly convicted of a 1990 murder in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, has filed an objection with a local election committee over its decision to bar him from voting in the Aug. 30 general election.

The defense team for Toshikazu Sugaya, who is expected to be acquitted of the murder of a 4-year-old girl in a yet-to-be-scheduled retrial, on Tuesday blasted the decision by the city of Ashikaga’s committee as “unjust.”

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