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Kumejima official jailed after setting man afire

Date Posted: 2010-02-25

The leader of a government ward on the small island of Kumejima is behind bars after splashing a man with a flammable liquid and setting him on fire.

The leader of Madomari Ward on Kumejima, Fumio Ohasigawa, is charged with spraying the liquid on the 68-year-old victim, then setting him on fire about 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot near the man’s house. The victim is hospitalized in serious condition with severe burns all over his body.

Police say they’re investigating allegations there had been trouble in the past between the two men.

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