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Prosecutors to quiz LDP’s Akimoto over witness tampering in bribery case

Tokyo prosecutors strategy to inquiry arraigned legislator Tsukasa Akimoto to check out his participation in affirmed witness tampering in a top-level bribery rumor connected to a casino site hotel, investigatory resources stated Thursday.

The unique examination group of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office apprehended business exec Akihito Awaji, 54, and also 2 various other guys previously this month for apparently encouraging thought bribers connected to Chinese business 500.com Ltd. to devote perjury for cash in support of Akimoto, 48, in his test.

The thought bribers have actually been arraigned for offering money to Akimoto to assist the Chinese company’s proposal to run a supposed incorporated hotel including a casino site. The legislator was arraigned for taking allurements and also is currently out on bond.

The prosecutors desire to validate whether Akimoto was entailed in the 3 guys’s effort to have actually the thought bribers devote perjury, with an eye to billing the legislator for affirmed witness tampering in offense of the arranged criminal activities penalty regulation.

Akimoto is familiarized with Awaji, and also both satisfied in February after Akimoto was launched on bond, according to the resources.

Akimoto was priced estimate as informing among the resources that he is “not involved at all” in the witness tampering.

On Aug. 4, the day when Awaji and also both various other business execs — Fumihiko Sato, 50, and also Kazuhiro Miyatake, 49 — were apprehended, Akimoto stated by means of an e-mail that he had “no involvement” in the claimed misbehavior by the 3 suspects.

On June 27, Awaji, in conspiracy theory with Sato, apparently informed Masahiko Konno, 48, among the thought bribers and also a previous consultant to the Chinese business, that they would certainly provide ¥10 million in return for making incorrect declarations in support of Akimoto in the legislator’s test.

Awaji is additionally thought of trying to provide ¥20 million in return for perjury on July 22.

Miyatake was apprehended for apparently asking Katsunori Nakazato, 48, one more thought briber and also previous consultant to the Chinese company, to devote perjury in return for the continual supply of funds.

The very first court hearing for Konno and also Nakazato is slated to be held Wednesday. The 2 are thought of offering ¥3 million to Akimoto at the legislator’s workplace on Sept. 28, 2017, when the House of Representatives was liquified for a breeze political election.

Awaji and also both various other suspects apparently asked Konno and also Nakazato to make the incorrect declaration in the test that they did not satisfy Akimoto on the day of the chamber’s dissolution.

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