• Kyodo


A Japanese court sentenced a South Korean monk to six years in prison on Thursday for stealing a Buddha statue and a set of scriptures from a temple in Nagasaki last November.

Kim Sang-ho, 70, together with four other South Koreans, stole the statue, a city-designated cultural property, and 360 volumes of Buddhist scripture, worth around ¥110 million in total, from Bairin temple in the city of Tsushima. They intended to smuggle them to South Korea, according to the ruling by the Nagasaki District Court.

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