2 men admit to witness tampering in lawmaker-linked casino scandal

Two men admitted Monday to witness tampering on behalf of Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto, who was indicted for receiving bribes from a Chinese gambling operator lobbying for a casino license in Japan.During the first hearing of the trial, prosecutors demanded 14-month prison terms for Akihito Awaji, a 54-year-old supporter of the lawmaker, and Fumihiko Sato, a 50-year-old company executive. The two are facing allegations of offering witnesses money to testify falsely in court in connection with a casino graft scandal.According to the indictment, Awaji and Sato offered 30 million yen ($286,0…

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