Abe’s self-confessed killer singled out former prime minister for promoting religious group that ruined his mother

Memorial for former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe – ZUMA Press W / DPA

The perpetrator of the murder of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had targeted the politician for encouraging a religious group that ended up ruining his mother because of the excessive donations she gave them, sources close to the investigation told Japan’s official Kyodo news agency on Saturday.

Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, confessed that his first intention was to kill the leader of the group, whose name has not been specified, under the false assumption that he was accompanying the former prime minister during a speech he was giving in the city of Nara at the time Yamagami perpetrated the attack.

Yamagami has acknowledged that he had repeatedly visited other places where Abe had made campaign speeches prior to this coming Sunday’s election to the House of Councillors, the lower house of the Japanese Diet.

The accused has pointed out, according to the same sources, that at no time did he attack Abe for his political beliefs, contrary to initial reports that the former prime minister was assassinated by an individual opposed to his conservative and nationalist ideas.

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