Drummer arrested for fraud, band take ‘indefinite break’

Japanese band Alien Liberty International are on “indefinite hiatus” after drummer Kahadio was arrested twice for fraud in Japan last month. Kahadio, whose real name is Kadio Shirai, also lost his contract with the group’s management, so he is no longer a member of the group. ALI has been chosen to perform the theme song for the series The world ends with you animation, but the theme song has since been replaced.

Shirai was arrested on April 4 on suspected fraud charges, reports Animated News Network. Tokyo Metropolitan Police investigators claim that Shirai participated in a “refund scam, “a growing crime problem in Japan. In the scam, the criminal masquerades as an official and promises his victims that the government will reimburse them if they withdraw money from ATMs or give them their bank cards.

A few weeks later, Shirai was arrested again for a separate bank refund scam. Police charged Shirai with defrauding an elderly woman in Osaka on March 3. He allegedly asked the woman to transfer 2.31 million yen (approximately $ 21,000) that she allegedly used for medical bills to a bank account. The next day, the musician was seen withdrawing 420,000 yen (approximately $ 4,000) from an ATM.

Following his arrests, ALI released a statement on May 14, confirming that the group is no longer active. “Thank you for always supporting the ALI. In response to the indictment of former member Kahadio,” the statement read. “We are happy to inform you that our group ALI will be suspended indefinitely. We sincerely apologize to all the fans who support us and to all concerned.”

ALI was formed in 2016 and the band members come from all over the world. The group found success with their 2019 frontman “Wild Side,” which served as the anime’s opening theme song. THE BEASTARS. They also recorded the thematic songs for Jujutsu, Kaisen, and Nobility. One of their recent songs, “Teenage Riot City”, was supposed to be the opening song for The world ends with you animation, an adaptation of Square Enix’s role-playing game. The producers of the later series ad that they will use a different song for the opening. Some of ALI’s songs have also reportedly been deleted from Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music.

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