A fire near ex-President Kim’s grave
According to the Seoul National Cemetery, around 6.6 square meters (71 square feet) of grass behind Kim’s grave was found burnt at 9:30 a.m. “We found around 10 pieces of paper this morning that included claims that the former president was a communist. Some were found near former president Park Chung Hee’s grave [around 300 meters away from the scene of the fire] at 8:25 a.m. and some were found near Chungyeodae [which holds the remains of some 200 patriots] at 8:55,” said an official at the cemetery, who patrolled around the former presidents’ graves after finding the papers. “There was no fire when I patrolled around 9:10, but a cleaner reported it 20 minutes later.”
The papers are reported to be written by a group that calls itself the “Conservative Christian Freedom Fighting Committee.”
Sources at the cemetery said that although closed-circuit televisions are installed on Kim’s grave, there is none on the hill where the fire broke out. Seoul’s Dongjak Police Precinct said it is using other CCTV footage to investigate whether members of the group were at the scene.
Kim’s widow, Lee Hee-ho, visited his grave at around 11:40 yesterday morning and looked around the scene of the fire, according cemetery officials. Lee Kye-ahn, the Democratic Party candidate for mayor of Seoul, who visited Kim’s grave yesterday morning after registering his candidacy, said, “It is highly possible that someone dodged the CCTV and set fire to the cemetery.”
The Seoul National Cemetery said it will create measures to prevent a reoccurrence of such a fire in the future.
By Park Sung-woo [email@example.com]
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