Accused Abe assassin to undergo evaluation

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The suspected assassin of Japanese former prime minister Shinzo Abe will undergo psychiatric evaluation until later this year, Japanese media has reported.

Tetsuya Yamagami, an unemployed 41-year-old, has been identified by police as the suspect who approached Abe at a campaign speech on a street corner on July 8 and opened fire with a handmade gun.

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 on Saturday.

Nara prosecutors could not be reached for comment outside business hours.

The evaluation would last until November 29, the Nikkei said, and would determine whether or not Yamagami would be indicted for the shooting.

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