Prosecutors sought Tuesday 18 months in prison for a secretary of ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Anri Kawai over bribing her election campaigners last year.
Hiroshi Tatemichi, 54, has admitted he gave “illegal rewards” to campaigners during the upper house election last July, in a case that could possibly cost Kawai, the wife of former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, her seat.
The defense team admitted during the hearing at the Hiroshima District Court that Tatemichi engaged in bribery but argued that the appropriate penalty should be a fine and the state-paid secretary played a supportive role but was not involved in determining the bribe’s amount.
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