After his indictment, pretrial proceedings against the suspected shooter of Shinzo Abe are expected to throw up difficult issues, with his defense likely to try to offset shock over the first murder of a postwar Japanese leader by portraying the defendant as a victim of a religious group that ruined his family financially.
Tetsuya Yamagami was charged on Jan. 13 with the murder of Abe - Japan's longest serving prime minister - during an election campaign in July last year, as well as violating the gun control law with a homemade gun. Yamagami has told investigators he was a grandson of former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, who helped the group enter Japan, according to investigative sources.
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