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Sahashi on Trial: Testimony Thrown Out

Day 6 of Sahashi's trial was today (funny, the papers seemed to have skipped reporting on the 4th and 5th sessions), and the notion that he might get off with a light sentence seems to have gained some ground. According to the Asahi shimbun, the judge threw out 2 depositions given by the assistant manager during the investigation in which he stated that Sahashi had instructed him to use money from the shayukai employee's fund.

During the second session of the trial, the assistant manager revised his statement, testifying that he told Sahashi about the money in the fund but never received any instructions from him in advance. This contradicts the prosecutor's assertion that Sahashi gave directions to divert the funds from the outset. It also contradicts testimony from Sahashi who said that he was told about the money and understood that it could be used to pay for canceled lesson contracts.

This looks like a blow for the prosecution as it loses the testimony of a key witness. At the very least, some doubt as to whether Sahashi acted illegally has been introduced and this can only benefit him.

Asahi article

「NOVA元社長指示」供述調書却下 公判証言を重視

2009年6月26日

経営破綻(はたん)した英会話学校「NOVA」(大阪市)の社員らの積立金3億2千万円を不正流用したとして業務上横領の罪に問われ、無罪を主張している元社長、猿橋望(さはし・のぞむ)被告(57)の第6回公判が26日、大阪地裁であった。樋口裕晃裁判長は、同社の元経理担当次長(50)が「猿橋元社長から積立金の流用を指示された」とした捜査段階の供述調書2通について、検察側の証拠申請を却下した。

元次長は、猿橋元社長の共犯容疑で逮捕され、不起訴処分(起訴猶予)になっている。証人出廷した第2回公判で「積立金があることは私から元社長に報告した。元社長から事前に示唆されてはいない」と述べ、捜査段階の供述を修正。元社長が当初から不正流用を主導したとする検察側の主張を否定し、元社長は積立金があるとの報告を受けて受講生への返還金に使うことを了承しただけだとする弁護側の主張に沿う証言をしていた。樋口裁判長は公判での証言を重視したとみられる。

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I would like to know the date the verdict will be handed down. I might even venture up to Osaka to see the monkey man myself.
Hope you can post the date!

Prosectors asked for 5 years for the monkey; http://dailynews.yahoo.co.jp/fc/domestic/nova/?1246588195

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