Police Say Motive in Assassination of Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Was Not Political

Police said that Tetsuya Yamagami admitted he thought the ex-prime minister was connected to an organization he has a grudge with. AP
Police said that Tetsuya Yamagami admitted he thought the ex-prime minister was connected to an organization he has a grudge with. AP

The alleged assassin who shot dead Shinzo Abe on Friday believed the former Japanese prime minister was involved in a “specific organization” — and that his grudge wasn’t political, police said.

The suspected killer, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, was tackled to the ground just moments after he allegedly opened fire on the 67-year-old former leader as he delivered a campaign speech in the western region of Nara.

In an interview with investigators, Yamagami allegedly admitted to plotting to kill Abe because he thought the ex-prime minister was connected to an organization that he bore a grudge against.

Police did not reveal the name of the organization or elaborate on what it believed in, adding it wasn’t clear if the group even existed.

The alleged assassin’s grudge did not appear to be about politics, according to police.

Yamagami was calm as he responded to questions during his interview and investigators are still trying to nail down whether he acted alone, police added.

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Source: New York Post