Japan to Pay 68 Million for 15 Years of Wrongful Incarceration

Previous posts on Govinda Mainali’s case here.
From the Japan Times:

¥68 million redress eyed for Mainali
May 25, 2013

The Tokyo District Court has endorsed paying about ¥68 million in compensation to a Nepali man who was wrongly detained and imprisoned in Japan for 15 years, according to sources.

Govinda Prasad Mainali, 46, was charged with murdering a Japanese woman in 1997 and was handed a life term that was finalized in 2003 before being cleared in a retrial last November.

Mainali was kept in prison until the decision on his retrial was reached last June after the prosecutors were shown to have withheld crucial DNA evidence that could have cleared him. He was acquitted in his initial trial.

4 responses to “Japan to Pay 68 Million for 15 Years of Wrongful Incarceration

  1. Docile Jim Brady – Columbus OH 43209

    68 000 000 Japanese Yen equals
    695 721.60 US Dollar
    $48+k per year or about $5+ per hour of confinement

  2. Carole McCartney

    In Britain this would amount to less (roughly) than half a million pounds – which for 15 years is nothing really. It works out at about £80 a day or just over £3 an hour. A pittance really. We have footballers who earn half a million every couple of months for kicking a ball about. Mind you, getting compensation in Great Britain for a wrongful conviction these days is near impossible.

    • Docile Jim Brady – Columbus OH 43209

      ¿ Does the UK have rogue prosecutors or poice who will go to any length for a conviction , even ifit means convicting an innocent ?

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