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South Korean fined in first racial insult case

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A South Korean man has been fined one million won ($865; £520) for making discriminatory remarks against an Indian professor.

The conviction is the country's first involving racist remarks towards a foreigner, Incheon District Court officials told local media.

The man yelled racist comments and said "Arab! Arab!" at the Indian man while on a bus in July, the judge said.

The professor felt publically insulted by the comments, he added.

The 31-year-old South Korean had objected to Bonogit Hussain talking loudly on a bus.

Mr Hussain had been in South Korea since 2007 and had studied for a master's degree from Seoul's SungKongHoe University, later working as a research professor there.

Park could have faced up to one year in prison and 2 million won in fines for public insult, Associated Press reported.

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