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Police drop defamation probe over Japanese diplomat’s disparaging remarks in opposition to Moon

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This picture exhibits Hirohisa Soma, former deputy chief of mission on the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Police have dropped a defamation probe right into a senior Japanese diplomat accused of creating disparaging remarks in opposition to President Moon Jae-in’s efforts to enhance relations with Tokyo, contemplating his diplomatic immunity, officers mentioned Friday.

Hirohisa Soma, former deputy chief of mission on the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, got here beneath hearth after he advised a South Korean reporter throughout a lunch assembly in July that Moon’s efforts to enhance ties with Tokyo have been tantamount to “masturbation.”

Japanese Ambassador Koichi Aiboshi expressed remorse, and Soma was recalled residence.

Police opened an investigation into his remarks after a civic group reported him on costs of defaming and insulting the president however have in the end determined to not additional proceed with the case in consideration of diplomatic immunity, officers mentioned.

“An investigation and court procedures can be pursued only after diplomatic immunity is given up expressly,” a police officer mentioned, including that the overseas ministry has concluded that he virtually refused to take action, having returned to Japan. (Yonhap)

 



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