A Nepali man, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering a woman and spent 15 years in a Japanese prison before being released last year, has asked for an official apology from the Japanese government.
On Wednesday in Katmandu, Mainali held a press conference to announce his book about his prison life in Japan, Fuji TV reported. He said the Japanese government should take responsibility for the miscarriage of justice. "The Japanese government should send a high-level official to Katmandu and make an official apology to me and my family."
Mainali was freed and sent back to Nepal last June after his request for a retrial was approved. He was subsequently tried and cleared of murder in his absence by the Tokyo District Court, after a DNA test indicated another man was responsible for killing a woman who worked for Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) by day and as a prostitute by night, in Tokyo in 1997.
No one else has been arrested in connection with the murder.
Mainali said he feels great to be rebuilding his life with his family. Although he asked for an official apology from the Japanese government, Mainali said he remains "undecided" about whether or not he will file a lawsuit for damages.
His lawyer in Japan has already filed a request for compensation, seeking some 68 million yen for the 15 years he was incarcerated.© Japan Today