Seven months after Nepalese Govinda Prasad Mainali was last year acquitted of a 1997 robbery-murder of a Tokyo woman, his supporters launched a new civic organization to call for eradication of wrongful convictions, which they claim are still rampant in the legal system.

The new group, set up Saturday, consists mostly of supporters of Mainali, along with others who were wrongfully charged in high-profile cases, including Shoji Sakurai, who spent nearly 30 years behind bars for a murder he was later cleared of based, like Mainali, on contradictory DNA evidence.

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