Kyoto Police Arrest 2 Doctors for Murder at Victim's Request

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Kyoto, July 23 (Jiji Press)--Kyoto police arrested two doctors on Thursday for allegedly murdering a woman who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the patient's request.

Yoshikazu Okubo, 42, from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, and Naoki Yamamoto, 43, from Tokyo are suspected of drugging the ALS patient, then 51, to death at the woman's home in the western Japan city of Kyoto at around 5:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. GMT) on Nov. 30 last year, investigative sources said.

The police have not disclosed whether Okubo and Yamamoto have admitted to the charges.

According to the Kyoto prefectural police department, the two suspects were not the woman's attending doctors and were unacquainted with her. They apparently got to know each other through social media.

The woman paid about 1 million yen to Yamamoto's account by bank remittance before the incident. The police department is investigating the detailed background to the money transfer.

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