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Court Approves Extradition of Murder Suspect to Hawaii

July 11, 1994

TOKYO (AP) _ The Tokyo High Court ruled today that Hawaiian police have sufficient evidence to extradite a suspect in the murder of a Japanese psychic to the United States.

If the Justice Ministry approves the extradition, Raita Fukusaku, 28, will be extradited to Honolulu within 30 days and face trial in the Feb. 28 murder of Toako Fujita and her son, Goro. The ministry has 10 days to approve the request.

Fujita, 56, a well-known psychic in Japan, was found dead of a gunshot to the chest in her burning penthouse apartment. Her 21-year-old son was found later that night, also killed by a shot to the chest. His body was discovered in his own car, set ablaze in a Waikiki parking lot. He was bound by the feet and hands.

Fukusaka is under arrest in Japan on suspicion of fleeing the United States to avoid arrest.

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