Japan: Shinzo Abe’s suspected assassin to undergo psychiatric evaluation
25 July 2022 | 7:44 am
A mental evaluation will determine whether or not the suspect will be indicted for the shooting of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Japan will hold a state funeral for Abe on September 27.
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