Japanese prosecutors likely to re-investigate Abe cherry blossom gathering “Unfair prosecution” :: Empathy Media News Agency ::


[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Kim Hye-kyung = The Japanese prosecutor’s review committee judged that it was unfair that former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was not prosecuted on the eve of the “cherry blossom viewing” event by inviting residents of the constituency to a top-class hotel in Tokyo to provide entertainment. .

According to Japanese media such as NHK on the 30th, the Tokyo Prosecutor’s Review Board announced on the same day that “the indictment was not carried out without conducting a sufficient investigation” in relation to the case of former Prime Minister Abe, and offered an opinion of indictment on some charges. As a result, the prosecution’s re-investigation against Abe became inevitable.

NHK said that if the prosecution decides not to prosecute again after the re-investigation, the prosecution review committee will not conduct a second examination and the investigation will be closed as it is.

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held an eve event at a luxury hotel in Tokyo on the eve of the government-sponsored “Cherry Blossom Gathering” event every April from 2013 to 2019. Hundreds of people were invited, including officials from the “Abe Shinzo Support Group,” which is composed mainly of personnel from Yamaguchi Prefecture, the Abe constituency.

Participants paid 5,000 yen per person as a membership fee, but the hotel said that the price of hotel food was 11,000 yen per person, raising suspicions that former Prime Minister Abe had compensated the difference.

In May 2019, Abe was accused of compensating the hotel for the difference between the event expenses and not writing it down in the supporters’ association’s political fund balance report.

It is known that Abe paid a total of 9 million yen (about 96 million won) between 2015 and 2019 in this way.

However, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has denied the allegations at the National Assembly, saying “they have never paid for the difference,” and the Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office, which was in charge of the investigation, dismissed the charges against Abe in December last year. This was because involvement and collusion with those not listed in the political fund balance report were not recognized.

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