Govind Mainali of Jhapa, who was released by the Tokyo High Court to open retrial after spending 15 years in Japanese jail on charge of murdering an alleged sex worker, hopes to return to Nepal to meet his mother as soon as possible.
"The 15 years cannot be regained and I want to get on with the rest of my life," Mainali's lawyers quoted him as saying after meeting him at the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau's Yokohama office, where he is currently in custody.
Mainali, who is expected to be deported to Nepal for overstay in Japan, said he was eager to return to the country to see his mother. His wife Radha and two daughters- Mithila, 20, and Alisha, 18 - had reached Tokyo Wednesday, a day after the Tokyo High Court released him.
He was released with the court granting new trial on Thursday. According to Japan Times, ruling for retrial was based on a new analysis that showed the DNA of semen found in the victim's body did not match with Mainali's but did match with the DNA of body hair collected at the vacant apartment where the woman, an employee of Tokyo Electric Power Co., was murdered, indicating another man was the killer. The victim's name has been withheld for privacy reasons.
Justice Minister Makoto Taki said Friday the Tokyo High Court's decision indicated that the investigation was inadequate. nepalnews.com