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Japanese family sues mob over death

TOKYO, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A South Korean family in Tokyo filed a $1.3 million wrongful death lawsuit Monday against an underworld syndicate linked to the shooting of a relative.

The relatives of Yun Won Ju, who was 24 when he was gunned down in 2001, sued the syndicate's two top bosses and the members of a group affiliated with it, claiming the leaders bear responsibility for the killing.

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Yun was killed on his way home at a place where the gangsters in the Sumiyoshi-kai mob affiliate were carrying out a revenge shooting against other gangsters.

Three gang members have already been given prison sentences, one of them for life, the Kyodo news agency reported.

The lawsuit was filed following a precedent-setting decision last year in which the Supreme Court recognized the responsibility of a syndicate boss who is not directly involved in committing a crime.

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