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The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal filed by death-row inmate and former United Red Army member Hiroshi Sakaguchi of two lower court rulings that rejected his plea for a retrial.

In a decision dated Monday that became binding immediately, the top court’s five-justice Third Petty Bench led by Justice Kiyoko Okabe rejected the appeal filed by Sakaguchi, 66, a key member of the extremist group.

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