KATHMANDU: The Tokyo High Court is likely to give an acquittal to Nepali national Govinda Prasad Mainali (45), who spent 15 years in a Japanese prison over a 1997 murder, reversing its earlier stance after a new test showed the DNA of someone else, The Japan Times reported.
Mainali had been freed in June after the DNA in a sample taken from the victim’s nails did not match that of Mainali but it did match that of semen found inside the victim's body leading to the Tokyo High Court granting him a retrial.
The retrial has been slated for October 29.
According to The Yomiuri Shimbun, the acquittal of Govinda Prasad Mainali, has become more likely before a retrial on the murder begins.
The prosecution authorities have urged the Tokyo High Court to use the latest expert examination result as evidence, although it will likely lead to the conclusion that Mainali is not guilty.