Japanese priest demands return of stolen statue in S.Korea court


NHK -- Jun 16
A Buddhist priest from Japan has demanded at a court hearing in South Korea an early return of an ancient statue stolen from his temple 10 years ago.

Tanaka Setsuryo is the chief priest of the Kannonji Buddhist temple on Tsushima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan. He appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday.

The figure of a bodhisattva in the lotus position was stolen from the temple in 2012 and later found in South Korea. The statue is now held by the country's government.

Buseok Temple in central South Korea, which claims ownership of the statue, filed suit to demand that the government hand it over to the temple.

The temple argued in court that the figure was previously stolen from the Korean Peninsula by Japanese pirates in medieval times.

A court in the central South Korean city of Daejeon ordered in 2017 that the statue be handed over to Buseok Temple.

The government appealed the ruling to a higher court.

Jun 16 (ANNnewsCH) - 長崎県対馬市で盗まれた仏像を巡り、寺の住職が韓国の法廷で証言しました。  ...continue reading

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