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Japan police raid apartment of 'crying politician'

Published on Jul 18, 2014 4:41 PM
 
Japanese provincial politician Ryutaro Nonomura crying at a press conference to explain his profligate use of public funds at a prefectural office in Kobe in Hyogo prefecture, western Japan on July 1, 2014. The Japanese police on Friday, July 18, 2014 raided the apartment of a provincial politician who became an Internet sensation after he was filmed crying like a toddler when confronted about his alleged misuse of public funds. -- PHOTO: AFP 

TOKYO (AFP) - The Japanese police on Friday raided the apartment of a provincial politician who became an Internet sensation after he was filmed crying like a toddler when confronted about his alleged misuse of public funds.

Media hordes gathered outside Mr Ryutaro Nonomura's apartment complex near the western city of Kobe as the authorities searched for evidence linked to the corruption claims.

Local media reported that police may soon lay charges against the 47-year-old, who resigned last week following his much-watched sob show.

Footage of the middle-aged assemblyman for western Hyogo prefecture went viral after he was filmed wailing uncontrollably and banging his fists on a desk as tears streamed down his face at a press conference.

 
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