• Kyodo News


Toshikazu Sugaya, 62, who was believed wrongfully convicted of killing a 4-year-old girl in 1990 in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, will not be able to vote in the Aug. 30 general poll because a local election committee upheld its decision to bar him from casting a ballot, his lawyers said Friday.

The defense team filed the objection Tuesday. Sugaya, who was freed from prison in June based on a new DNA test that appeared to refute an earlier one that led to his conviction, is expected to be acquitted of the murder in a retrial sometime later this year.

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