OSAKA (Kyodo) A 47-year-old man pleaded innocent Monday to charges of arson and murder at a video parlor in Osaka last year that killed 16 people and injured four others.

“I did not commit arson,” Kazuhiro Ogawa said in the first session of his Osaka District Court trial over the predawn fire at the Shishashitsu Cats Nanba shop in Naniwa Ward last Oct. 1.

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