Man accused of attacking Japan’s PM will bear psychiatric examination

Ryuji Kimura, 24, was arrested in April for allegedly hurling a pipe bomb-like explosive towards Fumio Kishida because the premier campaigned within the western metropolis of Wakayama.

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Kishida escaped unscathed, however the incident horrified a nation nonetheless haunted by the assassination of Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was gunned down final yr whereas giving a speech.

Prosecutors are approved to detain Kimura till early September for an evaluation of his psychological state on the time of the assault, a court docket official, who didn’t give her title, instructed AFP.

They’re anticipated to determine whether or not to indict Kimura primarily based on the analysis.

The suspect has reportedly remained tight-lipped about his motive for the failed assault on Kishida.

Native media reported that Kimura beforehand filed a lawsuit difficult necessities that political candidates be at the least 30 years of age and have a conflict chest of at the least three million yen ($21,600) to run for nationwide workplace.

An Osaka Excessive Court docket spokesman instructed AFP final month that Kimura had sued the federal government and his declare was rejected by a decrease court docket.

A ruling on his enchantment is predicted this month.

The assault put Japan on excessive alert forward of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, which wrapped up Sunday, and reignited a debate over police safety for politicians.

In an interview with international media together with AFP final month, Kishida stated the assault served as a sobering reminder of the difficulties in balancing interactions with voters in opposition to the security of politicians.

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