21-year prison term up­held for EX-NHK re­porter found guilty of rapes

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World - – Ky­odo

A high court up­held Thurs­day a lower court rul­ing that sen­tenced a for­mer re­porter for Ja­panese pub­lic broad­caster NHK to 21 years in prison for rap­ing three women.

The de­fense for 30-year-old Ya­su­taka Tsu­ru­moto claimed some­one with a grudge against the for­mer jour­nal­ist may have left ma­te­ri­als car­ry­ing his DNA at the crime scenes, but the Sendai High Court re­jected Tsu­ru­moto’s ap­peal.

In hand­ing down the rul­ing, Pre­sid­ing Judge Fu­mio Shima­hara said, “No in­volve­ment of a third party was pos­si­ble as ma­te­ri­als de­rived only from the de­fen­dant were de­tected.”

Ac­cord­ing to the rul­ings, Tsu­ru­moto broke into the res­i­dences of the women in their 20s and sex­u­ally as­saulted them in three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents -- in Ya­m­a­gata Pre­fec­ture, north­east­ern Ja­pan, in Fe­bru­ary 2016, and in Ya­manashi Pre­fec­ture, west of Tokyo, in Oc­to­ber 2014 and De­cem­ber 2013 -- with vic­tims sus­tain­ing in­juries in two of the in­ci­dents.

Fol­low­ing the high court rul­ing, Tsu­ru­moto’s lawyer said he is plan­ning to file an ap­peal with the Supreme Court.

Tsu­ru­moto worked at the Kofu and Ya­m­a­gata bureaus after he was hired by NHK in 2011. He was dis­missed in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

The de­fense de­nied the rape al­le­ga­tions at the Ya­m­a­gata Dis­trict Court and the high court

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