Thursday, December 24, 2009

Hatoyama Secretaries Indicted

It is now official: Prosecutors indicted two of the former secretaries of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama without arrest Thursday over falsified fund reports in violation of the political funds control law, while exempting the premier from the charges due to insufficient evidence of involvement.


...insufficient evidence of involvement.
(Former Secretary K. Katsuba) is also accused of omitting donations from Hatoyama's mother and sister in a political fund report from 2005 to 2008.

According to sources close to the case, Hatoyama's mother, realizing that Katsuba was in trouble over the collection of political funds, provided 15 million yen monthly for seven years through last year, totaling around 1.26 billion yen, and parts of this money are believed to have been logged as donations by fictitious donors.
Don't worry; Prime Minister Y. Hatoyama has provided prosecutors with a written statement denying any involvement in the case.

I have got to remember to do that if I ever get called into question by the Public Prosecutor's Office.

Seriously, the real issue here is why anyone, much less the Public Prosecutor, is willing to overlook this when any number of lesser failings have brought down Prime Ministers in the past...

...unless you believe that Y. Hatoyama is merely a marionette for someone else who really runs the show...

...a someone else who has already demonstrated unindictablity in the past. (Cf. Pension scandal, 2004)

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