Mother of Shinzo Abe’s Killer Sold Her House and Donated £600,000 to the Church

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According Japanese accounts, the mother of Shinzo Abe’s assassin lost everything when she sold her house to contribute £600,000 to a church that the former prime minister was said to attend.

Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, reportedly killed Mr. Abe out of resentment over his mother’s financial decisions, alleging that she left him and his family with little after giving money to the South Korean Unification Church, often known as the “Moonies.”

He apparently thought that Mr. Abe himself had a “deep link” with the church and that the ex-grandfather, PM’s another previous leader, had assisted in its growth.

Although the mother is a member, the church has not disclosed any details on the amount of money she contributed.

However, according to reports in Japan yesterday night, Yamagami’s mother sold the family house and property she inherited from her grandpa and gave 100 million yen (£612,000) to the church.

Ultimately, this resulted in bankruptcy in 2002, as reported by the daily Yomiuri Shimbun.

It happens at the same time that Japanese police said they had discovered several possible gunshot traces on a structure close to the scene of the tragic shooting.

They seem to be the result of the suspect’s strong handmade gun’s first shot, which just missed Mr. Abe.

Mr. Abe, who served as the longest-serving prime leader of the nation before retiring two years ago due to health concerns, was shot on Friday while making a campaign address close to a busy railway station in Nara, west Japan.

He was struck by a bullet from a second shot that was fired from behind Mr. Abe moments after the first shooting, perhaps in response to the original explosive bang.

Yamagami was held for police inquiry on Friday and may remain there for up to three weeks until prosecutors decide whether to file charges against him.

Police discovered seven possible gunshot holes in the wall of a building around 90 meters from the shooting location on Wednesday.

According to police, the first shot’s bullets or bullet pieces struck the wall after barely missing Mr. Abe and penetrating through a neighboring election car.

According to investigators, there is evidence that the markings on the wall and those on the car were made with the same weapon.

The suspect’s purportedly handmade gun, which was used to murder Mr. Abe, was seized by police.

The 40cm double-barrel rifle, which was fashioned from two iron pipes and patched up, was intended to fire many rounds with each shot, according to the police.

In addition, police reportedly took six other comparable weapons from the suspect’s residence.

The Unification Church, which is renowned for its mass marriages and conservative and anti-communist beliefs, has been linked to Mr. Abe and his ruling party.

Yamagami’s mother was a member, Tomihiro Tanaka, leader of the Japanese branch of the South Korean-based church, said on Monday.

Mr. Tanaka said that while Mr. Abe was not a member, he may have talked to organizations connected to the religion.

After the suspect informed detectives he had tested-fired a handmade pistol the day before the attack to see how potent it would be, police in Nara this week investigated a structure connected to the church.

Police said the suspect could have thought the unconnected office next door was a part of the church because of the holes they discovered in the wall there.

Japan, one of the safest countries in the world with some of the strongest gun prohibitions, has been shocked by Mr. Abe’s murder.

Police have conceded that Mr. Abe may not have been properly protected and have made steps to form a task group to examine security protocols.

To say goodbye to Mr. Abe, whose patriotic ideas fueled the ruling party’s conservative policies, hundreds of people, some dressed in traditional black suits, crowded the streets outside the Zojoji temple in central Tokyo on Tuesday.

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