Japan: 3 men indicted over Japan lawmaker-linked casino graft scandal

A supporter of Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto and two others were indicted Monday over alleged witness tampering in connection with a casino graft scandal.

Akihito Awaji, 54, the supporter, and two other men — Fumihiko Sato, 50, and Kazuhiro Miyatake, 49 — offered 30 million yen in June and July to former advisers of the Chinese company 500.com Ltd. for giving false testimony in court favoring Akimoto, according to the indictment.

The indictment came four days after police served a fresh arrest warrant on Akimoto, 48, for allegedly ordering the witness tampering. The House of Representatives member has been indicted for receiving 7.6 million yen ($72,000) worth of bribes from a Chinese gambling operator in 2017 and 2018 while in charge of Japan’s move to legalize casino resorts.

The original full article can be found at mainichi.jp

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