Suspect in Deadly Kyoto Animation Arson Charged With Murder in Japan

FILE PHOTO: A man prays for victims in front of the torched Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto, Japan, July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File photo

Japanese prosecutors have charged a man with murder over the 2019 arson attack on Kyoto Animation in which 36 people died, the country’s national public broadcaster has reported, the country’s deadliest violent crime in decades.

Shinji Aoba, 42, was detained in the aftermath of the July attack, but has been hospitalised since then with severe burns sustained in the incident, and reportedly only regained consciousness in August.

There were no immediate details on the full extent of the charges against Aoba, who was formally placed under arrest only in May this year.

The Kyoto prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation.

More than 30 people were injured in the attack, in which Aoba is accused of breaking into the studio’s building, spreading gasoline around the ground floor and setting it alight.

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SOURCE: AFP