Crime & Justice

Tokyo prosecutors issue first indictments in political funds scandal

Tokyo, Jan 19 (EFE).- Tokyo prosecutors on Friday indicted several people in relation to its investigation into the political funds scandal of ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) factions.

The Tokyo district prosecutor’s office indicted chief treasurers of the faction once led by late prime minister Shinzo Abe, and another led by former LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai, without arrest, according to public broadcaster NHK.

A former chief treasurer of the faction led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida until he abandoned the position last month received a summary indictment, it added.

All are suspected of failing to report part of the factions’ revenue from fundraising events, in violation of the national political funds control law.

One parliamentarian was also indicted without arrest, and another received a summary indictment, NHK added.

Both had left the LDP on Friday.

The undeclared revenues are thought to amount to at least 675 million yen (about $4.5 million) in the case of the faction once led by Abe (Seiwaken), more than 264 million yen for the faction led by Nikai (Shisuikai) and 30 million yen for Kishida’s former faction (Kochikai), NHK reported.

Some of the funds are suspected to have been distributed among faction members. EFE

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