World News

GaaSyy: Japan YouTuber arrested over celebrity threats

Police in Japan have arrested a YouTuber and former MP over threats he allegedly made to celebrities.

Yoshikazu Higashitani, known on YouTube as GaaSyy, is famous for his celebrity gossip videos.

Local media said he returned to Japan from the UAE, two months after Tokyo police issued his arrest warrant.

He is accused of threatening to defame an actor, an entrepreneur and a designer between February and August last year.

He is also suspected of obstructing the designer’s business activities.

Mr Higashitani repeatedly ignored requests to return to Japan and voluntarily submit himself to police questioning.

Tokyo police had been sending investigators to the UAE since May, and urging authorities there to extradite him to Japan.

Japan’s foreign minister ordered him to return his passport after Tokyo police obtained his arrest warrant in March, but Mr Higashitani said he’d lost it. His passport expired the following month.

Earlier this year, he became the first lawmaker in Japanese history to be kicked out of parliament without ever entering it.

Mr Higashitani was one of two members elected from the Seijika-joshi-48 party – a single-issue party calling for reforms to Japan’s public broadcaster.

During his seven months in office, the social media personality refused to leave his home in Dubai and did not attended a single legislative session.

At the time, Japanese media reported that he’d refused to attend parliament because he feared being arrested over fraud allegations, and defamation claims from celebrities.

Legislators demanded that Mr Higashitani fly to Tokyo to deliver an in-person apology in the chamber for his absence, but he failed to show up at the plenary session.

Instead, he announced on his YouTube channel that he was going to Turkey – and that he was planning to donate his salary to the Turkish earthquake relief.

His absence angered the Senate – whose members unanimously voted for his expulsion.

Source: bbcnews

In other news- Social media blasts healthcare worker for fighting Dineo Ranaka

Social media users were left thoroughly concerned after media personality Dineo Ranaka revealed that she was dealing with mental health issues and contemplating suicide.

Dineo Ranaka

Heading online, her sister Manaka Ranaka revealed that family were attending to Dineo. Later on, reports revealed that the Kaya FM host had been admitted to a mental health facility. Learn more

Related Articles

Back to top button