Police admit security hole in Abe’s assassination

The head of the Nara prefectural police admitted that there were “undeniable” flaws in the security work that led to the death of former prime minister Abe.

“I believe that the protection and safety measures for former Prime Minister Abe have appeared irrefutable flaws. The urgent task for us now is to thoroughly investigate and clarify. exactly what happened,” Tomoaki Onizuka, police chief of western Japan’s Nara prefecture, said at a press conference today.

During a speech in Nara yesterday, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot while rallying voters to support the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate. He was immediately taken to the hospital by helicopter but did not survive his fatal wound.

Tomoaki Onizuka said the investigation process needs to clearly identify what is the problem of the security network, including assumptions about strategy, layout, personal capacity or some measures applied that have not been discovered. effective badge.

  Tomoaki Onizuka, head of the Nara prefectural police, at a press conference on July 9 about the security hole in the assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.  Photo: Asahi.

Tomoaki Onizuka, head of the Nara prefectural police, at a press conference on July 9 about the security hole in the assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. Image: Asahi.

Abe’s protection yesterday was coordinated by the Nara Prefectural Police and personnel from the Security Police (SP) unit, under the management of the Tokyo police. The security plan is consulted with the National Police Agency (NPA).

Nara police leader feels that the recent serious security incident has a big part of his responsibility.

“The responsibility of the local police leadership is to ensure the safety and security of the locality,” Onizuka said in a trembling voice. “In a career of more than 27 years, since becoming a police officer in 1995, this incident makes me feel the most torment and regret.”

Experts say the security net protecting Mr. Abe is too lax, although close contact between politicians and citizens is a feature of the election season.

The shooter was identified as a former soldier, using a homemade double-barreled gun. This person blended into the crowd listening to Mr. Abe’s speech and opened fire from behind, about 5 meters from the podium.

Japan has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world and strict gun laws.

Name (Theo AFP, Asahi)

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