Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Does He Get Another Fine?

This strikes me as a bit of an overreaction. I'd be a bit pissed about a $300 fine, but setting yourself on fire to protest, just seems a little over the top, not to mention a misplacement of the target of anger.

A South Korean man was in critical condition after setting himself on fire Wednesday in a courtroom where he was sentenced to a $300 fine for disturbing the peace, a court official and an emergency room physician said.

The district court in Uijongbu north of Seoul had just upheld a fine he received in 2004 for causing a disturbance at a mobile phone sales outlet where he was demanding a new phone number.

The man walked out of the courtroom after the sentence, doused himself with heating oil, came back to the courtroom and set himself on fire, the court official said by telephone.