Suspect in ‘pipe bomb’ attack on Japanese PM had sued government

Suspect, 24, also sought nearly £600 in damages from the government for mental anguish

Maroosha Muzaffar
Tuesday 18 April 2023 19:40 BST
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The suspect who threw a smoke bomb towards Fumio Kishida on Saturday has previously sued the government.

He had a history of seeking damages from the government and claimed that he was unfairly barred from running for the Upper House election, according to reports.

Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported that suspect Ryuji Kimura filed a lawsuit in the Kobe district court last June and claimed he could not run for the election held on 10 July last year due to his age and inability to prepare a three million yen (£18,000) deposit.

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