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Kyoto Animation arsonist will live but still hasn't been formally arrested

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

In addition to the 35 employees of Kyoto Animation who were killed in the arson attack on the company’s Fushimi studio in Kyoto on July 18, dozens were injured in the fire. The list of those requiring immediate medical treatment included Shinji Aoba, who was taken into custody by police near the scene of the crime while saying “They stole my novel,” and “I spread the gasoline, and lit it with a lighter.”

The 41-year-old Aoba sustained severe burns to his entire body, and has remained hospitalized since the day of the attack. His medical recovery is progressing, and doctors have now upgraded his status, saying that his life is no longer in jeopardy.

However, Aoba is reportedly still unable to verbally communicate, and is yet to be formally placed under arrest, despite a warrant having been issued several weeks ago. In order for the warrant to be executed, doctors must judge that Aoba will be able to withstand the conditions at a criminal detention facility, and it is expected to still be some time before his recovery reaches that stage.

As such, it’s likely to be a long wait until Aoba is held accountable for his actions.

Source: FNN Prime via Yahoo! Japan News via Jin

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As such, it’s likely to be a long wait until Aoba is held accountable for his actions.

Yes, and even if he doesn't appeal the inevitable death sentence, given the glacial pace of Japan's criminal justice system he probably won't be executed until 2025 at the earliest.

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Assuming he is a nut case what is served by executing a nut case?

Anyway, he isn't going anywhere and is suffering pretty badly.

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Definitely a bit of schadenfreude in the knowledge that he must be in pain and agony.

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I'd hate to be one of the doctors or nurses there that have to work hard to keep this p.o.s. alive. It must be so aggravating and depressing.

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jack o helenToday said (on 18.9.19, 11:56 am JST)

I'd hate to be one of the doctors or nurses there that have to work hard to keep this p.o.s. alive. It must be so aggravating and depressing.

Medical professionals are such because they can rise above such emotions and devote themselves to caring for (as in tending to) the people under their charge. They don't have to like it but they willingly do it. That's why I have such respect for them.

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