Prosecutors Question Ex-PM Abe over Dinner Party Scandal

Society

Tokyo, Dec. 22 (Jiji Press)--Public prosecutors have questioned former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a voluntary basis over a high-profile dinner party scandal, informed sources said Tuesday.

It is very unusual for a former prime minister to be questioned by prosecutors, although Abe is viewed as unlikely to face criminal charges over the scandal.

Abe's office is suspected of covering some of the costs of dinner parties held by a support group for him at a Tokyo hotel on the eve of the government's annual cherry blossom-viewing event in recent years.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's special investigation squad believes that a state-paid secretary to Abe is primarily responsible for the scandal, also including an alleged failure to state the cost covering in political funds reports.

The special investigation squad is expected shortly to decide whether to seek criminal punishment for the secretary on charges of violating the political funds control law.

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