The mother of the man accused of killing Shinzo Abe, a member of the Unification Church, confirmed on Monday the organization also known as the “Moon Sect,” which the suspect said wanted revenge by targeting the former Japanese prime minister.
Tetsuya Yamagami, 41 years old, ‘Resented by a particular organization’ Japanese police said, on Friday, that they decided to kill Shinzo Abe because he believed that the former prime minister was linked to them.
Japanese media soon mentioned a religious organization without naming it, and claimed that Tetsuya Yamagami was angry with her for claiming she had received large donations from her mother, putting her family in great financial difficulty.
“The suspect’s mother, Tetsuya Yamagami, is a member of our organization and attends church events about once a month,” Tomihiro Tanaka, head of the Japanese branch of the Unification Church, said Monday at a hastily organized press conference in Tokyo.
He did not give details of the suspect’s mother’s donations, citing ongoing police investigations wanted by the organization “field”.
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The sect says it had nothing to do with Shinzo Abe
This woman joined this cult in 1998 and the organization learned that she had found herself in serious financial trouble around 2002, according to Mr. Tanaka. We do not know the circumstances that led this family to bankruptcy.”
He also confirmed that donations to the church were on a voluntary basis and that the amounts were free.
This official also confirmed that his organization was terrified of the assassination of Shinzo Abe, who did not do so ” Start “ was one of its members or advisors.
Shinzo Abe died of his injuries after being shot at Friday while speaking at a political rally in Nara (western Japan) for Sunday’s upper house elections. The local police admitted that there were serious lapses in the security of the event.
The Unification Church was founded in 1954 in South Korea by Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012). It is mainly found in this country as well as in the United States and Japan.
The teachings of this cult famous for mass group marriages are based on the Bible, with new interpretations.
Moon was a very controversial figure who became a billionaire thanks to the vast economic empire built by his church, and he claimed that at the age of fifteen he had a vision of Jesus Christ instructing him to continue his mission, until humanity reached the stage of purity. “Sinless”.