Suspect Tetsuya Yamagami once posted a number of posts on Twitter about his intention to assassinate former Prime Minister Abe during his time in office.

Twitter on July 19 froze Yamagami’s main account, which has been active since October 2019 and is named “silent hill 333”. However, Twitter said that Yamagami opened another account before October 2019. This account was locked for violating the rules “prohibiting content containing threats of violence against a specific target with murderous intent”.

Twitter said in an interview that it could not disclose the content of the posts, but according to sources, they contained content that indicated Yamagami intended to kill former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe from at least three years ago, when he was still in office.

Suspect Tetsuya Yamagami at a police station in Nara city on July 10.  Photo: Kyodo News.

Suspect Tetsuya Yamagami at a police station in Nara city on July 10. Photo: Kyodo News.

Japanese media reported in mid-May that Yamagami had sent a letter to a man living in the Chugoku region, western Japan, to express his displeasure with the Unification Church and his intention to assassinate former Prime Minister Abe. .

At the beginning of the letter sent from Okayama Prefecture, Yamagami wrote that he longed for a gun to attack Mr. Abe. Yamagami said he felt “bitter” about the 67-year-old politician, describing him as “one of the Unification Church’s most influential sympathizers”.

However, Yamagami also wrote that the former Japanese prime minister was “not his original enemy”, insisting he hates sect leaders more.

Yamagami was arrested at the scene with a homemade gun in hand at noon on July 8 after shooting Mr. Abe. During the investigation of the Nara prefectural police, Yamagami expressed a deep anger towards the Unification Church. The suspect said that his mother neglected the family, indulged in participating in religious activities and donated a large amount of money to this organization, causing the family to go bankrupt. Yamagami said he targeted Mr. Abe because he thought the former prime minister had links to the church.

Prosecutors believe Yamagami’s mental state at the time of the crime was an important factor. At the same time, whether the suspect is criminally responsible is something that needs to be examined. Yamagami was transferred from Nara Nishi Police Station in Nara City to Osaka Detention Center in Osaka City on July 25 for a 4-month psychiatric evaluation.

according to Japan News