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Tetsuya Yamagami, suspected of killing former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is escorted by a police officer as he is brought before prosecutors at the Nara-nishi Police Station in Nara, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on July 10, 2022. Mandatory Credit Kyodo via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS: THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR PUBLISHING SALES IN JAPAN
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese prosecutors have decided to prosecute the man suspected of shooting former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Kyodo news agency and other Japanese media reported on Saturday.
The decision follows the psychiatric examination of the suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami, an unemployed 42-year-old. Abe was killed with a handmade pistol during an election campaign in July.
Yamagami’s detention for mental examination will end on January 10 and Nara prosecutors will likely charge him on January 13, according to Kyodo. Prosecutors were not immediately available for comment on Saturday.
Who kills Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Although it was three months on Saturday since former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead in broad daylight, police and authorities continue to investigate the suspect in the murder that shocked all of Japan.
The suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami, 42, was arrested at the scene after firing a homemade weapon at Abe in the city of Nara on July 8. He was later sent to the prosecution on a murder charge.
Yamagami reportedly told investigators that he held a grudge against the controversial religious group known as the Unification Church and that he thought Abe had been linked to the organization. He suggested that his family split up after his mother joined.
Yamagami will undergo a psychiatric evaluation until November 29 to see if he can take criminal responsibility.
Investigators are building a murder case against him, but are also considering other charges, including violations of the sword and firearms control law, the artillery manufacturing law and the explosives control law.
“Our top priority is to indict the suspect on a murder charge, but of course we are also looking at other charges as we proceed with the investigation,” a lead investigator said.
As Abe was giving a speech before the upper house elections at the time of the attack, Yamagami may also be charged with violating the election of public office law.
“We need to investigate whether he intended to interfere with (the election campaign),” another investigator said.Read More….