Japan Top Court OKs Retrial for Ex-Aide Nurse over 2003 Murder

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Tokyo, March 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Supreme Court has approved a retrial for a former assistant nurse, 39, who was convicted of the murder of a 72-year-old male patient at a hospital in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan, and served a prison term.

In making the decision on Monday, the top court's Second Petty Bench upheld Osaka High Court's ruling to reopen the case against Mika Nishiyama, while rejecting an appeal by public prosecutors. In the December 2017 verdict, the high court referred to the possibility of the patient having died of natural causes.

The Supreme Court's decision was made unanimously by three justices.

In the retrial, Otsu District Court, in the Shiga capital of Otsu, is highly likely to acquit Nishiyama, who served her prison term until August 2017, sources familiar with the situation said.

The male patient at Koto Memorial Hospital in the former town of Koto, now the city of Higashiomi, was found dead by a nurse in May 2003.

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