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Vietnamese outraged as girl's killer in Japan escapes death

Social media flooded with anger after court verdict allows possibility of parole

The father of Le Thi Nhat Linh speaks during a news conference in Chiba Prefecture on July 6 after the sentencing of her murderer.   © Kyodo

HANOI -- News that the killer of a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl murdered in Japan escaped the death sentence drew harsh criticism in Vietnam, with many people taking to social media to vent their frustration.

The March 2017 murder of Le Thi Nhat Linh in Matsudo, a city east of Tokyo, was widely reported in Vietnam. Friday's sentencing of Yasumasa Shibuya, 47, by the Chiba District Court to life in prison seemed far too lenient to many, given the shocking nature of the sexual assault and murder of the elementary school student. As the former head of the parents association of Linh's school, Shibuya had been in a position to protect children.

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