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(LEAD) Man arrested for vandalizing former president's tombstone

All News 20:42 June 05, 2016

(ATTN: UPDATES with details)

SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean man has been detained for vandalizing the tombstone of the late President Park Chung-hee at the Seoul National Cemetery in southern Seoul on Sunday, police said.

The 50-year-old suspect, identified as a manufacturing industry worker surnamed Lee, is accused of marking an "X" with white spray paint on the tombstone of the late president and father of incumbent President Park Geun-hye, at around 1 p.m.

The man was put under arrest after cemetery officials reported him to the police.

During questioning, Lee said he personally had bad feelings toward the former president, according to Seoul's Dongjak Police Station. He also confessed to making plans on Saturday and buying the spray paint earlier Sunday.

Police said they will question the suspect further before determining whether to seek an arrest warrant against him.

The nation is scheduled to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday.

jwc@yna.co.kr
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