Shinzo Abe Assassination, Japan’s Police Chief Tomoaki Onizuka Takes Responsibility For Security Failures
Sheriff of the prefecture where was the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was assassinated saying that he “taken[s] liability” for the security flaws that led to the murder.
At Saturday’s press conference, Nara Prefectural Police Chief Tomoaki Onizuka said that Abe security according to its own approved plan.
“As the regional police chief responsible for the safety and security of the area, I have taken the necessary steps and built structures for security and guarding,” he said. “I believe it is undeniable that there have been problems with the security and safety measures for former prime minister Abe.”
“After the first report of the incident was made at 11:30 a.m., and the situation was revealed, it was the culmination of the guilt and remorse I have felt in my 27 years of law enforcement. my law,” he said. “I feel my responsibility.”
Abe, 67, was pronounced dead at 5:03 p.m. local time on Friday, just over five hours after he was shot while giving a campaign speech to a small crowd.
His alleged killer, Tetsuya Yamagami41 years old, used a homemade firearm in the attack and was taken into custody at the scene. Police are still investigating the motive for the murder.
The assassination sent shockwaves around the world as the attack happened in broad daylight in a country with one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the world.
Abe’s body returned to Tokyo on Saturday afternoon with his widow, Akie Abe, along with her husband’s body back to their home. The vehicle is said to have encountered crowds of people lined up on the streets near Abe’s home.
Abe’s office told CNN. The ceremony will be held on Monday, followed by a memorial service on Tuesday.