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Prisoner to get retrial after 47 years

Updated: 2014-03-28 06:57
By Agencies in Tokyo ( China Daily)

A man believed to be the world's longest-held death row inmate was granted a retrial on Thursday after decades in solitary confinement, in a rare about-face for Japan's rigid justice system.

Shizuoka District Court in central Japan ordered a new trial for Iwao Hakamada, 78, over the grisly 1966 murder of his boss and the man's family.

Presiding judge Hiroaki Murayama said he was concerned that investigators could have planted evidence to win a conviction as they sought to bring closure to a crime that shocked the country.

Prisoner to get retrial after 47 years

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