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|Defense team leader|
|Time of death||
Feb. 10, 2007
|Weapon/cause of death||
Stab wound (Ō)
|"Teikun Ō" |
|Happy Family Home|
|SS-5 Incident notes |
Kamei's autopsy report
Anonymous eyewitness's testimony
The SS-5 Incident refers to two crimes that took place near an orphanage in February 2007. Photojournalist Ryūji Kamei was killed while witnessing what he believed was a kidnapping of President Teikun Ō of Zheng Fa. The perpetrators later claimed that they had indeed kidnapped the president, and demanded that the government of Zheng Fa pay a hefty ransom fee for him. The incident had profound implications for the nation of Zheng Fa, especially the House of Lang, whose illustrious legacy in Zheng Fa's law enforcement was brought to a swift, ignoble end.
The incident was set into motion when one of the president's doubles, frustrated with his position as a mere figurehead, planned an assassination. To this end, he hired assassin Ryōken Hōinbō and teamed up with Chief Prosecutor Bansai Ichiyanagi to influence any investigations in his favor. Ichiyanagi, in turn, bribed the orphanage director, Marī Miwa, into helping them. The body double saw his chance when the real president was sent a Borumosu Doll that doubled as an audio recording device by his secret lover, Ami Aizawa. A message inside the doll asked him to meet Ami and their newborn son Shimon at the Happy Family Home orphanage at midnight on February 10, 2007. The president also had a meeting with Dai-Long Lang, his chief bodyguard, at the embassy of Zheng Fa in the United States, so he had the double take his place there while he went to the orphanage.
Snow had been piling up the whole afternoon, but it stopped snowing before the incident. Ami headed for the orphanage, but Ichiyanagi stalked her until she gave up and returned home. By midnight, most of the children were asleep, but Sōta Sarushiro was still outside, inside an igloo. It was then that Ō made it to the orphanage, leaving footprints in the snow, and waited. Sarushiro would come to witness everything that followed.
The president was playing the message from Ami again when Hōinbō suddenly emerged in front of him. After the assassin told Ō who he was, the president begged him to wait until he could see his son. Hōinbō attacked him, but the first blow missed, cutting off one of the horns on the doll instead, where the message was stored. The second blow was fatal.
Ichiyanagi and Miwa planned to betray and kill Hōinbō to help cover their tracks. However, Sarushiro, who had been saved by Hōinbō seven years ago, warned the assassin of this. He then went outside, wearing a red raincoat, and started a kerosene fire to distract the would-be traitors while Hōinbō escaped. The fire spread over a large area and erased all of the footprints save for the ones that Miwa and the real president had made. Sarushiro also retrieved the horn and kept it in his room.
Afterward, Ichiyanagi and Miwa took the corpse to bury it under one of the flowerbeds on the orphanage grounds. Ryūji Kamei, a freelance journalist who was investigating Ichiyanagi, spotted the Chief Prosecutor and the orphanage director with the corpse. However, he was under the impression that the president had been kidnapped. He called Tsubasa Kagome, his girlfriend, and left her a voice message. While he was sending the message, the body double arrived and hit him from behind with a brick. Kamei grabbed a nearby snowman to try to break his fall, but he succumbed to the injury and only managed to grab hold of the snowman's left button eye.
The body double discovered the message and realized that a fake kidnapping had to be arranged to account for the message, which would soon make it to the police. The body double gave Ichiyanagi Kamei's camera, and the three took a photo of Miwa, wearing a coat and hat and shot from behind so as to be unidentifiable, appearing to threaten the president with a gun from outside the entrance. The body double then stepped over the real president's footprints and planted the body with the camera and photo inside the orphanage grounds near the pool of blood from the real president's murder, then planted his shoes on Kamei to disguise the president's footprints as Kamei's. The scene would appear as if Kamei had witnessed the kidnapping from inside the orphanage grounds.
The investigation of the murder started around 7:22 a.m. later that day. Ichiyanagi took charge of the investigation to tamper with the evidence, including the blood tests. Meanwhile, the "kidnappers" demanded a ransom for the president, which the government of Zheng Fa paid. The "president", really the body double, was returned to them, securing the switcheroo and making the body double effectively the president of Zheng Fa.
Lang conducted an investigation on the kidnapping. During the course of his investigation, he met Sarushiro, who drew a picture of what he had seen. The truth that the president had been assassinated was shocking, and Lang realized that this revelation would have dire implications for his country. Instead of revealing this truth, he hid the drawing, took full responsibility for the "kidnapping", and was demoted. Meanwhile, Miwa subjected Sarushiro to constant interrogation. Eventually, the boy ran away, leaving his possessions behind, including the horn.
Still, Lang continued his investigation and eventually arrested Miwa. However, since the "kidnapping" had taken place outside the orphanage, a connection between the kidnapping and the facility was difficult to prove. Kagome took Miwa's case to get to the bottom of what had happened to Kamei, but all she got was a suspicious not guilty verdict for her client. Afterward, Lang resigned from the force. The body double, fearful of anyone finding out the truth, shut off the Lang family and hired private security. Thus, the prestige that the House of Lang enjoyed was essentially obliterated.
The SS-5 Incident negatively impacted on many people. Ichiyanagi especially became the target of resentment and retribution among several individuals, though he was able to continue to abuse his influence for the next 12 years. Eventually, he left the Chief Prosecutor's job and became the chair of the Prosecutorial Investigation Committee. After the Happy Family Home closed down, he gave Miwa the position of warden of the prison and detention center. Meanwhile, Kagome continued Kamei's investigation, and in the process, she also joined the P.I.C. along with her friend Hakari Mikagami.
Dai-Long's son Shi-Long lost his faith in the courts and came to view all prosecutors as corrupt. In his effort to restore his family name, he joined Interpol and quickly rose up in the ranks to become one of their top officers. Unbeknownst to him and the rest of Zheng Fa's citizens, however, the main instigator of the SS-5 Incident was right under their nose, posing as their respected president. Despite the success of his plan, however, the body double lived a fearful, paranoid existence and could only feign the courage that the real president had. Miwa, too, became terrorized by what she had done when Ryōken Hōinbō was caught, prosecuted by Miles Edgeworth, and sent to her prison. Due to his knowledge of what had really happened, he was able to threaten Miwa into doing his bidding.
Finally, the whole incident crushed Sōta Sarushiro's faith in the legal process. After running away, he spent his life in hiding from Ichiyanagi's lackeys, until he eventually found a job as a circus performer. He decided to follow in Hōinbō's footsteps, as he didn't want to become "a weak person who could get murdered". He adopted a "kill or be killed" attitude and plotted revenge against the three criminals.
Twelve years after SS-5, the truth was gradually unraveled. It all began when the body double visited Gourd Lake, and Sarushiro orchestrated a plan to bring all of them down. As a result of his machinations, Miwa ended up killing Manosuke Naitō and was arrested by Edgeworth. Later, he manipulated Kagome and Ichiyanagi into trying to kill each other, and kidnapped Kay Faraday to get Edgeworth to investigate the resulting case. As he was taking Faraday to the top of Big Tower, he encountered the body double and ended up killing him.
Meanwhile, Ichiyanagi killed Kagome and tried to cover it up, arresting both Faraday and Edgeworth. He then went to dig up the real president's body because that area was about to be used for a construction project. Edgeworth was able to get Ichiyanagi arrested, but the chair tried to manipulate Miwa's trial so that she would be acquitted. He was found out on this as well, revoking his authority over the files of cases that he had led, including the SS-5 Incident. This in turn allowed Edgeworth and Shi-Long to solve the SS-5 Incident for good, and eventually find Sarushiro and arrest him for his crimes.