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UTSUNOMIYA, Tochigi Pref. (Kyodo) Audiotapes of a prosecutor questioning Toshikazu Sugaya were played Thursday during his retrial at the Utsunomiya District Court, prompting him to leave the courtroom because he felt sick.

Sugaya, 63, sentenced to life in prison for the 1990 abduction-murder of a 4-year-old girl in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, was released last June after serving 17 years. Fresh evidence to prove his innocence arose from new DNA tests and he is expected to be acquitted following the retrial.

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