Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Historic Korean Artifact destroyed.
February 12, 2008
SEOUL (AFP) - A elderly man has confessed to torching South Korea's most treasured historical landmark because he had a grievance over a decade-old land dispute, police said Tuesday.
Riot police were deployed to guard other historic sites in Seoul amid widespread anger and grief at the destruction of Namdaemun gate, a 600-year-old building in the heart of the capital.
Authorities came under fierce attack for failing to safeguard the building or to tackle the Sunday night fire effectively.
"The suspect has confessed all of his criminal acts to police," said Kim Yong-Su, captain of Namdaemun police station, announcing the arrest on Monday evening of a 69-year-old man identified only as Chae.
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