Abe shooter speaks of resentment against ‘religious group’

Suspect in Abe's murder initially planned an attack on a religious leader Under interrogation, 41-year-old suspect Tetsuya Yamagami explained that his mother donated money to this group, after which relations in the family deteriorated. In his opinion, she was connected with the former prime minister he killed

Suspected in the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he had a dislike for a certain group into which his mother was involved and with which, as he believed, Abe was closely connected, according to NHK.

During interrogation 41- year-old Tetsuya Yamagami explained that his mother donated money to her, after which family relations deteriorated.

Kyodo also reveals that Yamagami originally planned to attack the leader of a religious group. According to the police, the man was offended by a “specific organization”— perhaps a religious one, which, in his opinion, was associated with the ex-premier.

Abe died on July 8 in the hospital after being shot twice in the back. The attempt was made when the ex-premier was giving a speech in the city of Nara.

The suspect in the attack was detained by police at the scene, and his homemade weapon was confiscated. He offered no resistance.

According to media reports, Yamagami served in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in the past.

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The man confessed to his deed. Earlier, he said that he wanted to kill Abe, as he was dissatisfied with his policies.

Condolences in connection with the death of Abe were expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The hand of a criminal cut short the life of an outstanding statesman who headed the government of Japan for a long time and did a lot for the development of good neighborly relations between our countries,” — the cable says.

US President Joe Biden called current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to express his condolences on the violent death of his predecessor. Biden said he was stunned by the news of the murder of the former Japanese prime minister, whom he called his friend.

67-year-old Abe resigned as head of government in 2020.

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