S Korea to send home Chinese suspect

CNC report from Seoul
Added On January 5, 2013

A South Korean court decided to send home a Chinese man on Thursday, who is suspected of attempting to set fire to a Japanese war shrine.

Japanese authorities had asked South Korea to hand over the suspect, who was imprisoned for 10 months, to face possible trials in Tokyo...

But Japan's request was denied by South Korea - a move welcomed by China.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Thursday said Liu Qiang, the Chinese national, will return to China within days.

She says the Chinese government attaches great importance to safeguarding Chinese citizens' security and legitimate rights, and Chinese diplomats visited Liu several times and offered him necessary assistance within the limits of their responsibilities.

South Korean police arrested Liu last year, for allegedly hurling firebombs at the Japanese Embassy.

They claimed he also attempted to set fire to the gate of Japan's controversial Yasukuni Shrine to protest Tokyo's war crimes.

The shrine honors Japan's war dead, including WWII criminals.