Man Acquitted over 1985 Kumamoto Murder in Retrial

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Kumamoto, March 28 (Jiji Press)--An 85-year-old man imprisoned for a 1985 murder in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto was acquitted Thursday in a retrial of the case.

Kumamoto District Court found Koki Miyata not guilty on the stabbing murder of a 59-year-old man in the then town of Matsubase, now part of the city of Uki, Kumamoto. The Kumamoto District Public Prosecutors Office abandoned the right to appeal.

Presiding Judge Yoshihisa Mizokuni said, "There is no evidence showing that the suspect was responsible for the crime."

"Even if Miyata's confession to his guilt was adopted and its credibility was examined, I cannot assume to reach a conclusion different from the judgment made during the proceedings for requesting the retrial," the judge said.

In the first hearing of the retrial in February, the prosecution presented some 200 items to prove Miyata's involvement in the murder.

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