Finally! The KyoAni case trial set for September 5! According to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, the trial in the KyoAni case, the arson that killed 36 people and injured 33 others, is scheduled for September 5.
The KyoAni case trial will have 32 hearings in total. In September and October, hearings will be held two to three times a week, totaling 10 hearings for each of these months. In November and December, hearings will be held five to six times a month.
The Kyoto District Court started pre-trial proceedings on May 8. This pre-trial was to decide the timing of the main trial and also discuss past issues and evidence. The judge presiding over the pre-trial is Keisuke Masuda.
KyoAni case trial set for September 5
On July 18, 2019, a massive fire broke out in Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building. A total of 70 people were inside the building at that time.
In addition to the victims inside the building, a 40-year-old man who was on his way to work in the area suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation. Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested the then-suspect who allegedly used gasoline to start the fire.
This man allegedly bought 40 liters of gasoline in two canisters and used a cart to transport the gasoline to Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building. Japanese prosecutors formally indicted the suspect in December 2020. Demolition work on Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building was completed in April 2020, and the studio began recruiting again in July 2020.
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