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Yakuza outsourced killing to Brazilian hitmen

Sometimes it's not that hard to recognize a suspect

Brazilian Federal Police have arrested two men accused of murder in Tokyo under contract to the Yakuza, the feared Japanese mafia.   On Tuesday, Interpol agents captured Cristiano Ito (a.k.a. the Boar), age 35, in Mogi das Cruzes, and Cristian Marcelo Gomes Fukuda, 31, in Campinas.   According to federal police, Ito’s head and neck are covered with distintive blue tattoos that indicate Yakuza membership.Both suspects were fugitives for the last ten years, wanted for the murder of gun dealer Yoshitaka Kawakami at 2:10 a.m. on June 4, 2001.   According to the indictment, Fukuda shot Kawakami while Ito attempted to kill his wife, Naomi Kawakami, by suffocating and beating her on the head with the butt of a gun.  The victims were sleeping on the ground floor of their home at the time of the crime, which shocked the entire nation of Japan in its violence.

The mastermind, said police, was Yoshitaka’s twin brother Tetsuo Ikebe.  According to the official report, Ikebe harbored an unbridled hatred against his brother since Ikebe had been adopted off to his grandparents at an early age.   To get revenge he hired the Yakuza, a famous criminal organization founded in 1600 and known worldwide for its bloody methods.

The two accused are Brazilian citizens of Japanese ancestry. Each had received a 3 million yen, or about $ 71,000.  The arrest operation was led by Police Chief Marcelo Sabadin and a group of Interpol agents.