Agency: Abe’s killer hinted at plans before the tragedy

Japanese media reported that 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, who killed former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sent a message on the eve of the accident, in which he secretly declared his intentions.

The message was discovered on July 13 by someone who runs a blog critical of the Unification Church, five days after the tragic attack on Abe, the Kyodo news agency and the Yomiuri newspaper reported. The seal on the envelope indicates that the letter was sent on July 7 – on the eve of the crime – from the city of Okayama, where Shinzo Abe was also present that day.

It is now known that Yamagami originally wanted to attack the former prime minister in Okayama, but since the political event was held indoors and a personal statement was required to enter the venue, the perpetrator abandoned his plan. On the same day, it became known that Abe had changed his route in connection with the election campaign, and that he intended to speak in Nara the next day.

“I understand that this is unfortunate, but Abe is not a real enemy, but rather one of the most influential people sympathetic to UC,” the press release says.

In Yamagami’s letter, the man to whom the letter is addressed talks about his past and the story of his mother, who for a long time made large donations to this religious organization.

The killer noted his strong desire to kill the entire leadership of the aforementioned church, but “realizes that this is impossible.”

The perpetrator also added: “He could no longer think about the consequences, including the political consequences of Abe’s death.”

Source: RIA Novosti

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