Police served a fresh arrest warrant Monday on the boss of Kudo-kai, one of Japan's major gang groups, on suspicion of violating two laws over the 2012 shooting of a former police officer, the police said.
The suspect, Satoru Nomura, 68, the head of the crime syndicate based in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, was arrested for the fifth time. His previous arrests were in connection with the group's attacks on three citizens from 1998 to 2014, including the murder of one of the three, and income tax evasion.
This time he is suspected of violating the 1999 law on punishment of organized crimes and control of crime proceeds and the firearms control law over the attack on the policeman.
The police also rearrested 15 members of the Kudo-kai group and arrested two other members in connection with the case.
The 18 people are suspected of involvement in the attack on the former police officer who was shot by a single gunman in Kitakyushu in April 2012 while walking to a hospital where he worked after retiring from the police force. The victim sustained serious injuries in the attack, which is being treated as a case of attempted murder.
The former policeman, 64, was in charge of investigating the Kudo-kai group for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2011.
On the same day, prosecutors indicted Nomura on charges of evading hundreds of millions of yen in income tax.
Kudo-kai had some 870 members and quasi-members as of the end of 2014, mostly in Fukuoka Prefecture and some in the prefectures of Nagasaki, Yamaguchi, Tokyo and Chiba, according to the Fukuoka police.
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