Japan: Japan lawmaker re-arrested over casino graft scandal

A Japanese lawmaker charged with bribery was re-arrested Thursday by prosecutors for allegedly offering witnesses money to falsely testify in court in connection with a casino graft scandal.

In a rare development, Tsukasa Akimoto, a 48-year-old House of Representatives member, was re-arrested while out on bail after being indicted for receiving 7.6 million yen ($72,000) worth of bribes from a Chinese gambling operator in 2017 and 2018 when he was in charge of Japan’s move to legalize casino resorts.

Akimoto, who left the ruling Liberal Democratic Party shortly before his initial arrest in December, denied the latest allegation when he was reached by reporters before being rearrested.

The original full article can be found at kyodonews.net

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