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Ex-spy chief arrested over deal

June 29, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

The former head of Japan's intelligence agency was arrested along with two others over a private land purchase from a pro-North Korean group he kept tabs on, officials said.

Shigetake Ogata was arrested on suspicion of registering fraudulent documents involving a $29-million purchase of the headquarters of the General Assn. of Korean Residents in Japan through an investment company he headed, Tokyo prosecutors said in a statement.

Prosecutors also accused Ogata of profiting from a gratuity of unspecified amount from the group in the deal, and arrested two real estate executives on suspicion they conspired in the fraudulent transaction.

Ogata has denied any wrongdoing.

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