Ex-PM Abe Escapes Indictment over Dinner Party Scandal

Society Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 24 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office decided Thursday not to indict former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over a high-profile dinner party scandal involving a support group for him.

The prosecutors had received a criminal complaint from a group of citizens claiming that Abe may have violated the political funds control law.

Meanwhile, the prosecutors filed a summary indictment against a state-paid secretary to Abe on charges of breaching the law. The secretary, Hiroyuki Haikawa, 61, serves as the support group's representative.

According to the indictment, Haikawa was responsible for the support group's failure to include dinner party costs totaling 30.22 million yen in its funds reports for 2016 to 2019.

The prosecutors have concluded that there is not enough evidence to confirm that Abe was involved in the false reports.

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