Japan: Japanese lawmaker implicated in casino graft scandal faces fresh charge

A lawmaker already indicted for bribery in a casino graft scandal was served a fresh arrest warrant by prosecutors Wednesday on suspicion of further witness tampering.

In the latest arrest, Tsukasa Akimoto, a 48-year-old House of Representative member formerly of the Liberal Democratic Party, is suspected of asking two acquaintances to offer money to Katsunori Nakazato, 48, a former advisor to Chinese gambling operator 500.com Ltd., in exchange for false court testimony. The company was lobbying for a casino license in Japan,

Daisuke Matsuura, 51, who allegedly offered Nakazato the witness-tampering deal on behalf of Akimoto, told investigators he made the offer at the behest of the lawmaker. Matsuura has been arrested over the witness-tampering allegation, while a 49-year-old company executive has been indicted on the same charge.

The original full article can be found at japantimes.co.jp

(Photo: Mainichi)

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