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Public prosecutors have requested a mental examination for a man suspected of killing a former vice health minister and his wife in Saitama and attempting to kill the wife of another former vice health minister in Tokyo in November, sources said.

The prosecutors think the suspect, Takeshi Koizumi, 46, is mentally competent but want to clarify his mental status at the time because he said he allegedly carried out the crimes to retaliate for the destruction of his dog at a public health center when he was a child, they said.

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