The repercussions of the assassination of Abe Shinzo, titled “the longest-serving Japanese Prime Minister” in his 2012-2020 term, in Nara, in July 2022, continue.
It was determined that a suspicious package was sent to the Nara District Court, where Abe’s murder suspect, Yamagami Tetsuya, will be tried, at the stage of the case preparation procedures.
The cardboard box, 33 centimeters long, 28 centimeters wide and 26 centimeters high, was attached to a metal detector at the entrance point of the courthouse.
While the building was evacuated after the incident, Nara State Police increased security around the building. The bomb squad went to the scene to inspect the suspicious package.
Nara District Court announced that the preparation and control process of pre-trial procedures, including the trial of Japanese suspect Yamagami, has been cancelled.
Abe Shinzo was shot in the chest during a speech at an outdoor event in support of his party’s election campaign in western Nara on July 8, 2022.
The funeral of Abe, who died in the hospital where he was taken seriously injured, was closed to the press in July 2022, and an official state ceremony was held in September 2022.
Assassination suspect Yamagami Tetsuya, who was confiscated with the handmade weapon he used in the attack and similar weapons in his home, was taken into custody by the security forces.