Kagoshima man freed after wrongful rape conviction; police DNA tests called into question
Japan Times -- Jan 27
A ruling by the Fukuoka High Court acquitting a man of the rape of a teenage girl in 2012 was finalized Wednesday after prosecutors did not appeal it.

The court lambasted a DNA laboratory involved in the case, saying it was possible that it succumbed to police pressure in reporting a false match.

Kengo Iwamoto, 23, from the city of Kagoshima, was sentenced to four years in jail by the Kagoshima District Court in 2014, but the Fukuoka High Court's Miyazaki branch overturned that ruling this month, citing a fresh examination of DNA.

The high court ruling casts into question the reliability of DNA tests conducted on behalf of police. It said laboratory staff who worked on this case either had "extremely poor" analysis skills or sought to "hide" an outcome that contradicted the police's position on the case.

鹿児島市で女性に乱暴した罪に問われた男性に対し、逆転で無罪が言い渡された裁判で、­DNAが微量で鑑定しなかった警察の対応が批判されたことを受けて、警察庁はDNA鑑­定の信用性に疑いを持たれないために、DNAが微量であっても重要な資料については鑑­定を行うなど、対策を徹底するよう全国の警察に指示する方針を固めました。
News source: Japan Times
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