Yasukuni Arson Suspect Leaves Seoul for China; Abe Issues Regret
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed regret Friday over a South Korean court’s decision to reject Japan’s request to hand over a Chinese suspect in an arson attack at the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
South Korea “has effectively ignored the (bilateral extradition) treaty, and it is extremely regrettable,” Abe said at a press conference in Ise, Mie Prefecture.
His comment came after the Chinese suspect in the arson attack at Yasukuni Shrine left South Korea on a plane bound for China on Friday morning.
The departure of Liu Qiang, 38, for Shanghai came just a day after a South Korean court turned down a request from Japan that he be extradited to face prosecution for the alleged arson.