by JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
MDNN International – The assassin of the former prime minister of Japan failed to hit his target in his first shot and the victim was still able to look from behind when another bullet was fired at him, finally hitting him and causing his untimely demise, a netizen’s video explained the other day.
Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died of hemorrhage according to his attending physician. After the tragic shooting, concerned citizens rushed him to the nearby hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival (DOA). There was too much blood that came out from his wound while he was airlifted by a helicopter to the hospital, report said.
His alleged assassin, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, was also arrested a few minutes after the shooting as he was seen by police authorities wielding a home-made gun just a few meters from the crime scene, police probers said.
Police investigation showed that the assassin’s plan of killing the country’s most admired political leader for decades could have been a wrong judgment.
When interrogated by the Nara police, the suspect only claimed he intended to kill Abe as he suspected the prime minister has ties with the Unification Church founded by South Korea’s Sun Myung Moon, a religious group where his mom reportedly donated huge sums of money.
This claim of the suspect of huge money donation, however, was never confirmed nor denied by the unification church during a press conference conducted to shed light on the suspect’s idea that the prime minister has ties with the said church.
Although during the press briefing the unification church’s spokesperson admitted that Tagayama’s mom was a member of the unification movement.
But leaders of the Unification Church founded by Korea’s Sun Myong Moon denied Abe had ties with their organization.
The suspect narrated to police probers that a day before the killing of Abe, he was at the western city of Okayama, where the prime minister was also delivering his campaign speech for the upcoming elections for the House of Councilors.
During a press conference, Nara police chief Tomoaki Onizuka apologized for their lapses in failing to protect the prime minister, as well as failing to check on people attending the gathering, where Abe was a resource speaker.
“It is undeniable that there were problems in the security,” the police chief was quoted as saying.
Abe’s sudden death had caused alarm bells to both the voters and lawmakers as it eventually shaken the foundation of democracy and exposed flaws on the supposed security and safety procedures made by police authorities to all dignitaries in the country.