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Nepal man sentenced to life in Japan returns home

Govinda Prasad Mainali, center, a Nepalese who was granted a retrial over a 1997 Tokyo murder case, gets off a bus before boarding a jetliner to leave Japan from Narita Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Friday, June 15, 2012. Mainali was sentenced to life in prison over the murder case of a Japanese woman and spent 15 years in prison. Mainali, 45, accompanied by his wife and their two daughters, return home Saturday for the first time in about 18 years. Govinda Prasad Mainali, center, a Nepalese who was granted a retrial over a 1997 Tokyo murder case, gets off a bus before boarding a jetliner to leave Japan from Narita Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Friday, June 15, 2012. Mainali was sentenced to life in prison over the murder case of a Japanese woman and spent 15 years in prison. Mainali, 45, accompanied by his wife and their two daughters, return home Saturday for the first time in about 18 years. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
June 16, 2012
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KATMANDU, Nepal—A Nepalese man who spent 15 years in a Japanese jail on murder charges returned home Saturday after a DNA test indicated he was innocent.

Govinda Prasad Mainali, 45, flew with his wife and children to Katmandu and was hugged by his mother and other relatives at the airport.

"I have no words to describe how happy I am," Mainali told dozens of Japanese and Nepalese journalists who were waiting for him at the airport.

Mainali was a migrant worker in Tokyo when he was arrested in 1997 on charges of murdering a Japanese woman in a high-profile case.

Japan's Kyodo News agency said a new analysis showed that DNA in semen found in the victim's body did not match Mainali's.

Mainali was released from a Yokohama prison on June 7 and was immediately taken into custody by immigration officials because he had previously overstayed his visa. He was deported on Friday and arrived in Katmandu on Saturday with his wife, two daughters and supporters.

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