UTSUNOMIYA, Tochigi Pref. (Kyodo) In a courtroom showdown Friday, a former prosecutor refused to apologize for the interrogation that led Toshikazu Sugaya to apparently falsely confess to the murder of a 4-year-old girl.

Instead of offering an apology to Sugaya, 63, who spent 17 years in prison for the 1990 murder in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, former prosecutor Daiji Morikawa said, “At the time, there were no elements that made us doubt you were the culprit.”

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