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SKorea repatriates Chinese man sought by Japan

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January 4, 2013 03:46 AM EST | AP

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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has sent home a Chinese man who was wanted for lobbing firebombs at a Tokyo shrine. A Seoul court earlier rejected Japan's request to hand over the man for trial there.

Seoul's Justice Ministry says 38-year-old Liu Qiang left South Korea on Friday after the court ruled that his 2011 attack on Yasukuni Shrine didn't justify extradition to Tokyo.

Liu had served 10 months in a South Korean jail for setting a minor fire at Japan's embassy in Seoul in early 2012. China and Japan have both asked for him to be handed over.

Liu told authorities he attacked Japanese property because he was angry about WWII-era crimes. Yasukuni honors Japan's 2.5 million war dead but also includes high-profile war criminals.

Liu's attacks reportedly caused only minor damage.