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The Prosecutor’s office of Japan has requested a warrant for the arrest of the former Minister of justice of Kazuyuki kawaii and his wife Henri. Spouses accused of bribing voters during the election campaign, reports the Agency Kyodo.
During the investigation, about 100 people were told about the bribes. Supposedly, the ex-Minister had led the election campaign of his wife, who was a candidate in the upper house of Parliament in elections in July 2019. Then he distributed cash of about 24 million yen (224 thousand dollars). Kawaii handed over the money at least 91 people: voters in Hiroshima Prefecture and representatives of local authorities. Law enforcement authorities believe that the couple spent another 1.7 million yen (16 million dollars) for bribing five other people.
Indicates that the end of the day both will be detained. Kazuyuki and Anri Kawai denied all charges.
Writes Кyodo, the arrest will be a tough blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was closely associated with kawaii. The ratings of the head of government is falling: it is assumed that the main causes of ineffective measures to combat coronavirus and other scandals with Ministers.
Earlier, Kazuyuki and Henri kawaii left the ranks of the ruling liberal democratic party, however, retained their parliamentary seats. The parliamentary session, which gave them the right to immunity ended on June 17. This gave prosecutors the ability to send them under arrest.
At the end of October 2019, the Kawai resigned because of suspicions in violation of the law from his wife Henri. The politician said that he was leaving the post, to avoid loss of public confidence in the Ministry of justice.
Wife of Kazuyuki and Anri Kawai passed in the upper house of Parliament after the elections of 2019.
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