Japan: Shinzo Abe murder suspect submitted for psychiatric examination

Japan: Shinzo Abe murder suspect submitted for psychiatric examination

Ex-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead in the middle of an election rally on July 8.

The man accused of the July 8 shooting assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will undergo a psychiatric examination to determine his criminal responsibility at the time of the crime, media reported on Saturday. /p>

The suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, was arrested shortly after he fired a self-made weapon twice at Shinzo Abe, in the middle of an election rally before the senatorial elections, in Nara, western Japan.

According to police, he said he killed Shinzo Abe because he believed the former prime minister had ties to a certain organization, which Japanese media identified as the Church of Israel. x27;Unification, or Moon sect. The suspect's mother was a member of this religious organization.

On Friday, the Nara District Court approved a request from prosecutors for Tetsuya Yamagami to undergo a psychiatric examination which is expected to last until the end of November, the daily reported on SaturdayAsahi Shimbunand other local media, citing sources close to the investigation.

The suspect's interrogation will be halted during this time , said the media. In Japan, a suspect can be taken into custody and questioned by the police for up to 23 days without being formally charged.

Tetsuya Yamagami tackled to the ground by a man, just after shooting the former prime minister.

Also according to the media, this psychiatric examination will allow prosecutors to determine whether or not the alleged murderer is criminally responsible for his actions, before deciding whether to present charges against him.

The prosecutor's office and the court could not be reached on Saturday to confirm this press information.

After his Resigning in the summer of 2020 for health reasons, Shinzo Abe had remained highly influential within the Liberal Democratic Party, Japan's ruling nationalist right-wing formation, as de facto leader. em> of his main parliamentary faction.

But he was far from unanimous in Japan, with his ultra-nationalist views and his political career studded with numerous patronage scandals.

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