China sentences Japanese man to life in prison in drug case

China sentences Japanese man to life in prison in drug caseA court in southern China sentenced an elderly former Japanese politician to life in prison Friday for smuggling drugs hidden in shoes inside a suitcase he was trying to take to his home country. A Malian man was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and a man from Guinea received a life sentence for “packing and delivering” the suitcase, according to the Guangzhou City First Intermediate Court that handled the case. Takuma Sakuragi pleaded not guilty and plans to appeal, said his Guangzhou-based lawyer, Chen Weixiong, who argued there was insufficient evidence to prove Sakuragi was knowingly carrying the drugs.



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