Shinzo Abe’s Suspected Assassin to Undergo Psychiatric Evaluation: Media

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By Reuters
July 23, 2022Asia & Pacific
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Shinzo Abe’s Suspected Assassin to Undergo Psychiatric Evaluation: Media
A picture of late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was gunned down while campaigning for a parliamentary election, is seen at the Headquarters of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo, Japan, on July 12, 2022. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

TOKYO—The suspected assassin of Japanese former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will undergo psychiatric evaluation until later this year, Japanese media reported on Saturday.

Tetsuya Yamagami, an unemployed 41-year-old, has been identified by police as the suspect who approached Abe at a campaign speech on a street corner on July 8 and opened fire with a handmade gun.

Tetsuya Yamagami
Tetsuya Yamagami, suspected of killing former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is escorted by a police officer as he is taken to prosecutors, at Nara-nishi police station in Nara, western Japan, on July 10, 2022. (Kyodo via Reuters)

A court in Nara in western Japan, where the suspect lived and the shooting occurred, granted prosecutors’ request that Yamagami be held for psychiatric examination, the Nikkei and other media reported.

Nara prosecutors could not be reached for comment outside business hours.

The evaluation will last until Nov. 29, the Nikkei said, and will determine whether or not Yamagami will be indicted for shooting.

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