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Grave Robbed of Artifacts and Bones in Shuri

Date Posted: 2000-02-12

An old grave was reported vandalized in Kinjo, Shuri, on Tuesday, February 8th. Six burial urns containing human bones were reported missing.

Local residents noticed that someone had entered the grave, and notified the grave’s owner. When the owner arrived to investigate, he reportedly found a piece of paper with a note and a telephone number on it. However, he said that the person whose telephone number was on the paper appears to have nothing to do with the incident.

A lawyer representing the grave owner states categorically that it is a criminal act to enter other people’s grave and take items. At the same time, the lawyer admits that there has been trouble between the grave owner and the person who owns the land. “I have made it clear to the landowner that nothing should be touched without my permission,” the lawyer stated.

The grave owner whose ancestors are now missing is naturally distressed. “This grave is very important, dating back at least 200 years. My ancestors, whose remains were in this grave, are related to King Sho of Shuri, and it is even named as a special cultural asset,” the grace owner states.

According to local residents, two men entered the graveyard and took the burial pots away in a small truck.

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