Abe shooting suspect hopes to go to college after serving prison term

An uncle of the suspect in the shooting death of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says his nephew told his sister he hopes to go to university after serving his term in prison.

Yamagami Tetsuya reportedly says he was unable to go to college as his mother had made huge donations to the religious group widely known as the Unification Church.

His psychiatric evaluation was completed on Tuesday. Prosecutors concluded he is mentally fit to stand trial.

Yamagami has been studying English and other subjects at the Osaka Detention House, using materials and a dictionary sent by his relatives.

Donations of clothes, confectionery and other goods have been sent to Yamagami from across Japan. Some people sent cash, telling him to use it after he returns to society. As of October, the cash donations are to have totaled more than 1 million yen, or 7,740 dollars.

The suspect's uncle says he is asking the group's lawyers to refund the donations made by Yamagami's mother. But she reportedly says she feels sorry for the group and does not want the money back.