The Tokyo High Court will decicde on Thursday on a retrial for a Nepali man convicted of a murder in 1997.
Govinda Prasad Mainali, 44, is serving a life sentence for the murder of a female TEPCO employee. However, last August, it was revealed by the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office that saliva found on the victim's breasts belonged to a person of blood type O, which was different to that of Mainali, who was convicted of her murder.
Mainali's defense called for fresh DNA tests and a retrial following the discovery.
Govinda at the time had overstayed his visa and was working illegally at an Indian restaurant near the Shibuya apartment where the woman’s body was found. According to the tabloid media, the woman led a double life – TEPCO economist by day, prostitute by night. Govinda was one of her customers.
He pleaded not guilty to murder and was found not guilty by a Tokyo District Court judge. Prosecutors promptly appealed, and the Tokyo High Court in December 2000 secured the guilty verdict they sought. The Supreme Court upheld the verdict in October 2003.© Japan Today