The Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau on Monday issued a deportation order for a Nepali man who was granted a retrial last Thursday after having been sentenced to life in prison over the 1997 murder of a Japanese woman.
Govinda Prasad Mainali, 45, had already served 15 years in jail, accused of choking to death a 39-year-old employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) in March 1997. The case grabbed headlines, particularly in Japan's tabloid press which said the victim, a Tokyo Electric Power employee, was leading a double life as a businesswoman by day and a prostitute at night.
Immigration authorities said the deportation order was issued because Mainali had been illegally staying in Japan at the time of the crime because his visa had expired.
In granting the retrial last week, the Tokyo High Court said Mainali doesn't have to remain in Japan for the proceedings.
Mainali will leave Japan with his wife and two daughters, who came to Japan last week, as soon as he gets a passport from the Nepal embassy.© Japan Today/AFP