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No charges for Japanese in Anne Frank diary vandalism case: Report

Published on Jun 19, 2014 4:46 PM
This file photo taken on Feb 21, 2014, shows ripped pages of three books of Anne Frank's The Diary Of A Young Girl displayed at a library in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - A 36-year-old Japanese man arrested for vandalising library copies of Anne Frank's The Diary Of A Young Girl will not be charged after he was found to be mentally incompetent, a report said Thursday.

In March, police arrested the unidentified suspect following a rash of incidents which saw more than 300 copies of the diary - or publications containing biographies of Anne Frank, Nazi persecution of Jews and related material - torn at many public libraries around the Tokyo area.

The strange case sparked alarm over a rightward shift in Japanese politics, with the Israeli embassy in Japan responding by donating 300 copies of the diary to libraries and urging Japanese authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice.

Japanese prosecutors, however, have decided not to indict the unemployed man after a psychiatric examination determined he was mentally incompetent at the time, Jiji Press news agency said, quoting sources familiar with the case.

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