Monday, April 21, 2014   

Japanese diplomat suspected of plundering US$260,000 charged with arson at African embassy
(12-24 15:27)

A Japanese diplomat in charge of accounting at Tokyo’s embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was charged today with setting fire to the mission where US$260,000 is unaccounted for.
Shinya Yamada, 30, the third secretary at the embassy in Kinshasa, was arrested earlier this month in Tokyo over allegations he set the blaze in June.
Tokyo prosecutors indicted Yamada on charges that he had poured gasoline on offices at the premises and set it alight.
Yamada told police he was trying to destroy the mission to cover up the fact that he had embezzled embassy money, local reports have said.
Yamada was reportedly a regular at casinos in Kinshasa and frequently borrowed money from colleagues.
Police believe he had taken embassy money to fuel his gambling habit and the arson was his bid to remove evidence of his crime.—AFP


   
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