The Kyoto District Public Prosecutors Office accused the suspect, aged 42, of murder and other charges, after judging that he was criminally liable at the time of the attack, from the results of a psychiatric diagnosis of him that was conducted over a half year.
Prosecutors in Kyoto said on Friday that the suspect’s psychiatric analysis ended after about six months. Sources say the prosecutors have determined through the analysis that the suspect is mentally competent to be held criminally liable for the attack.
According to a petition claiming a violation of human rights brought to the Kyoto Bar Association in early December, even though the Kyoto police told news outlets that the family members had refused to release the names, news organizations did so anyway. Some argue the release of victims’ names is vital in reporting major criminal cases or accidents accurately and provides valuable lessons for society.
“Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect on suspicion of murder and other charges and plan to arrest him after he sufficiently recovers from severe burns to be able to withstand detention. During police questioning conducted on a voluntary basis on Nov. 8, the suspect admitted to the allegations.”