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Japan indicts man suspected of murdering ex PM Shinzo Abe

Japan indicts man suspected of murdering ex PM Shinzo Abe

Japan indicts man suspected of murdering ex PM Shinzo Abe

Japan indicts man suspected of murdering ex PM Shinzo Abe

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  • Tetsuya Yamagami was charged with murder and possession of a handgun after Abe’s death.
  • He has been undergoing psychiatric treatment to establish for trial.
  • The 67 y/o was shot dead on July 8 last year while giving a campaign speech.
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Tetsuya Yamagami was charged with murder and possession of a handgun after Abe’s death. He has been undergoing psychiatric treatment to establish whether he is mentally able to stand trial. The 67-year-old was shot dead on July 8 last year while giving a campaign speech.

Japanese prosecutors said that they had filed an arrest warrant for a man suspected of fatally shooting former prime minister Shinzo Abe last year.

Tetsuya Yamagami was charged with murder and possession of a handgun after Abe was shot dead on July 8 while giving a campaign speech on a city street, according to a statement from the Nara prosecutors’ office.

Since his arrest last year, Yamagami has been undergoing psychiatric treatment in Nara to establish whether he is psychologically able to stand trial, according to national broadcaster NHK.

Tuesday marked the end of his incarceration time review, according to NHK.

According to Nara Nishi police, Yamagami was caught at the site and confessed to shooting Abe.

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Doctors said the bullet that killed the former prime minister was “deep enough to reach his heart” and that he died from excessive bleeding.

Abe, 67, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan and the previous head of the Liberal Democratic Party, served in that position from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020 before stepping down due to health issues.

The world was stunned by his assassination in broad daylight, and Japan was also shocked. While thousands of mourners gathered in the streets of Tokyo to pay their respects, world leaders expressed their sympathies.

Abe was given a lavish and contentious state funeral in September.

At the time, VNHK stated that the suspect had chosen to target the former prime minister because he thought Abe’s grandpa, a different former leader of the country, had assisted the growth of a religious group he had a beef with.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida alluded to Abe’s associations with the Unification Church, claiming that there were “limits to understanding” those associations after Abe’s passing.

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A developing controversy linking his party’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to the divisive religious organization that has seen a number of ministers quit prompted Kishida to seek a probe into the church in October.

In 1954, the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, the church’s original name, was established in South Korea. By the 1980s, it had a truly worldwide impact and continues to be significant in areas of Asia today.

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