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Tokyo high court opens appeal trial over 2017 murder of Vietnamese girl

by VTV427 September 2019 Last updated at 00:00 AM

VTV.vn - The Tokyo High Court on Thursday began hearing an appeal against a lower court ruling convicting a man of the murder of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl in 2017, with prosecutors calling for a death sentence and the accused seeking acquittal.

Yasumasa Shibuya, the 48-year-old former head of a parent group at an elementary school in the city of Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, pleaded not guilty at the first hearing of the appeal trial over the death of Le Thi Nhat Linh, who was a third-grader at the school. In July last year, the Chiba District Court sentenced him to life in prison for abducting the girl in his vehicle, sexually assaulting her, and strangling her before abandoning her body.

Linh's parents did not accept the defendant's claims of his innocence and thus would not accept the life imprisonment ruling from the lower court. Both the prosecutors and the defense have appealed the ruling.

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