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“In any case I get the death penalty” KyoAni suspect speaks for the first time in hospital, admitting charges

“When I ignited the fire, I myself burned my whole body and became unconscious, and I was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Osaka. About a month ago, I removed the tube inserted into the trachea and had a conversation and rehabilitation to move my body."”

Written with extracts from Jiji PressThe Yomiuri Shimbun

Content has been edited to withhold the suspect’s name.

November 9th 2019

The Kyoto Animation Co. arson suspect, remaining hospitalized nearly four months after the deadly attack, has admitted murder and other charges against him in his first police questioning, investigative sources said Saturday.

The suspect faced questioning by the Kyoto prefectural police on Friday, according sources. The arson attack at a studio of the company, also called KyoAni, in the city of Kyoto occurred in the midmorning on July 18, killing 36 people.

The Kyoto Prefectural Police interviewed the suspect, aged 41, who was hospitalized with severe burns (arrested on the grounds of murder) during the “Kyoto Animation” arson case Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. It was learned from interviews with investigators. The suspect said that he would “in any case I get the death penalty”.

According to investigators, a police officer interviewed the suspect for the first time on the 8th of this month in a hospital room in Osaka Prefecture. Although The suspect had recovered by the time they exchanged conversations, the Kyoto Prefectural Police will decide on the time of the arrest based on the recovery in the future without being able to stand on his own.

On the morning of July 18, it was thought that the suspect had fired gasoline at the first studio of Kyoto Animation in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, killing 36 people and injured 33 people. An arrest warrant was issued for charges.

“When I ignited the fire, I myself burned my whole body and became unconscious, and I was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Osaka. About a month ago, I removed the tube inserted into the trachea and had a conversation and rehabilitation to move my body.”

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