Shinzo Abe's suspected assassin to undergo psychiatric evaluation

An unemployed 41-year-old has been identified as the suspect who gunned down the former Japanese PM at a campaign speech

Published : 23 July 2022, 08:53 AM
Updated : 23 July 2022, 08:53 AM

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 Jul 8 and opened fire with a handmade gun.

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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