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42-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami charged with murder of Japan’s ex-PM Shinzo Abe

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A man has been charged with murder  by Japanese prosecutors after the assassination of former Japanese PrimeMinister Shinzo Abe, Per Second News gathered.

Allegations of producing weapons, breaching explosives control laws and causing damage to buildings could also be added to the list of charges.

Tetsuya Yamagami, 42, was arrested immediately after Mr Abe was shot with a home-made gun as the former leader was making a campaign speech on July 8 outside a train station in Nara, western Japan.

Mr Yamagami will now stand trial for murder after a six-month mental evaluation, which prosecutors said showed he was fit to appear in court.

Police said Mr Yamagami told them he had killed Mr Abe, one of Japan’s most influential and divisive politicians, because of the latter’s apparent links to a religious group he hated.

Mr Yamagami said in statements and social media postings attributed to him that he his mother had made huge donations to the Unification Church, bankrupting his family.

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