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The Tokyo High Court on Tuesday rejected an objection by prosecutors over its June decision to retry and release a 45-year-old Nepalese man who was serving a life sentence for the 1997 slaying of a Tokyo woman, after evidence surfaced pointing to his innocence.

It is now likely that Govinda Prasad Mainali, who spent about 15 years behind bars before his release and deportation to Nepal in June, will be acquitted because the Tokyo High Prosecutor’s Office does not plan to file a complaint with the Supreme Court over the latest decision.

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