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The Japanese Prosecutor’s Office formally charged the perpetrator of the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with murder

The Japanese Prosecutor's Office formally accused the author of the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of murder.  (AP)
The Japanese Prosecutor’s Office formally accused the author of the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of murder. (AP)

The Nara City Prosecutor’s Office formally accused this Friday of murder to the author of assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abeas well as violate the firearms control lawswords and other similar weapons.

The Japanese authorities filed the charges against tetsuya yamagami42 years old, after considering that the results of the psychological evaluation to which he was subjected for about six months does not show that he has no mental condition have a significant impact on their ability to judge right and wrongaccording to the state chain nhk.

According to article 39 of the Japanese Penal Codeif it is determined that the perpetrator of a crime was not of sound mind you can get a reduced sentencewhile if such actions were the product of madness or alienation “they are not subject to punishment” for what the psychological examination is expected to be key in the trial.

The team of the Nara Prosecutor’s Office who is working on the case believes that Yamagami may be criminally liabletaking into account that both the weapon and the gunpowder used in the shooting of Abe were made by him, and that he studied the politician’s meeting program.

Yamagami was arrested on July 8, 2022 after fatally shooting Abe with a homemade weapon similar to a shotgun while the former president participated in an electoral act in the streets of Nara, in the west of the archipelago.

Yamagami was arrested on July 8, 2022 after fatally shooting Abe with a homemade shotgun-like weapon while the former president was participating in an election rally on the streets of Nara, in the west of the archipelago.  (Reuters)
Yamagami was arrested on July 8, 2022 after fatally shooting Abe with a homemade shotgun-like weapon while the former president was participating in an election rally on the streets of Nara, in the west of the archipelago. (Reuters)

Yamagami, a former military resident of that city, was arrested at the scene. Abe died hours later, at the age of 67, due to haemorrhages caused by the impact of several projectiles.

The police plan to investigate further with a view to charging him also for violate the law on manufacturing weapons.

Yamagami would have committed the crime out of resentment towards the Federation of Families for Peace and the Unification of the Worlda controversial religious creed better known as Unification Church or “Moon Sect”, with which he believed Abe had ties.

The detainee would have told the investigators that his mother made large donations to the group years ago that would have led her to bankruptcy and disrupted her family.

The investigators indicated that, according to family sources, his mother had donated more than 700,000 euros to the Unification Church throughout her life. These donations included 60 million yen (about 429,000 euros) from Yamagami’s father’s estate.

The church denied being involved in illegal activities and vowed to avoid “excessive” donations from its members.

The investigators indicated that, according to family sources, his mother had donated more than 700,000 euros to the Unification Church throughout her life.  These donations included 60 million yen (about 429,000 euros) from Yamagami's father's estate.  (EFE)
The investigators indicated that, according to family sources, his mother had donated more than 700,000 euros to the Unification Church throughout her life. These donations included 60 million yen (about 429,000 euros) from Yamagami’s father’s estate. (EFE)

Inquiries after Abe’s death revealed close ties between the church and many conservative legislators of the ruling party, including a minister who resigned.

The revelations caused anger in Japan and affected the image of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government.

His government ordered an investigation, which could end the church’s tax breaks, and pushed through laws tightening the rules for religious donations.

(With information from EFE, AFP and Europa Press)

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