BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
MDNN Tokyo News Bureau – THE death of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could have been a result of a false judgment as the alleged killer admitted he intended to kill Abe, believing the Prime Minister had ties with a religious group where his mother made huge donations, investigative reports point out.
But leaders of the Unification Church founded by Korea’s Sun Myong Moon denied Abe had ties with their organization.
The prime suspect of the killing, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41 was arrested by police authorities as he was in the crime scene carrying a home-made gun when police rushed to the area.
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.
Died of hemorrhage
The prime minister, according to police sources, died of blood loss or hemorrhage. He sustained two gunshot wounds – one from the neck and the other into his arm. The killing of the country’s most respected statesman was a product of a false judgment, says analysts.
The suspect was only several meters from the victim, according to initial investigations made by police investigators from Nara police station.
Abe’s sudden death was not only a false judgment but it had also 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.
Investigations are still going and police authorities wanted to dig deeper on the main motive of the suspect in planning to kill Abe a month before he finally succeeded his evil plan.