The suspected assassin of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be subject to mental testing through the end of the year, according to Japanese media on Saturday.
The suspect who approached Abe during a campaign speech on a street corner on July 8 and fired with a homemade gun has been identified by authorities as Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old unemployed man.
A court in Nara in western Japan, where the suspect lived and the shooting occurred, granted prosecutors’ request that Yamagami be held for psychiatric examination, the Nikkei and other media reported.
Nara prosecutors could not be reached for comment outside business hours.
The evaluation will last until Nov. 29, the Nikkei said, and will determine whether or not Yamagami will be indicted for shooting.