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Friday, February 26, 2010

Man threatens to blow up Australian embassy after Olympics 'outrage'

Man allegedly threatened to blow up embassy
Was outraged over Korean disqualification
Australian judge received death threats

A KOREAN man has been arrested in Seoul following a threat to blow up the Australian embassy because he was outraged by a decision made by an Australian skating judge at the Winter Olympics.
The Herald Sun reports the man, known only as Mr Kim, made the threats through Korean rail company Korail.
He was traced by his telephone number and arrested.
Major Korean news website Joins.com reported the embassy was searched for 40 minutes and five staff were evacuated.
Officials at the embassy confirmed the incident with AAP, a staff member saying it turned out to be a hoax but "Korean authorities responded very quickly and it was resolved".
Joins.com reported Mr Kim was angry that Australian short track speed-skating judge Jim Hewish had disqualified the Korean team from the women's 3000m relay final after their last skater crossed the line first on Wednesday (Vancouver time).
The gold went to arch-rivals China.
Mr Hewish, who received death threats and prompted a tirade of 16,000 angry emails to the International Olympic Committee after another decision against a South Korean skater in 2002, told AAP it was "business as usual'' and he'd be back at the Pacific Coliseum to officiate tomorrow.
"As far as we're concerned there was no controversy,'' Mr Hewish said, not wanting to be drawn any further on the specifics of the incident.
"The Koreans are a bit upset but you know, that's understandable I guess.''
Read more about the Olympic threat to the Australian embassy at the Herald Sun


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