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Leftist lawmaker gets 12-year prison term for rebellion plot
Yonhap News ^ | Feb 17 | Staff

Posted on 02/17/2014 12:31:44 AM PST by AdmSmith

SUWON, South Korea, Feb. 17 (Yonhap) -- In a landmark ruling, a district court Monday sentenced a left-wing lawmaker to 12 years in prison for plotting an armed rebellion against the South Korean government in case of an inter-Korean war.

Rep. Lee Seok-ki, affiliated with the minor opposition Unified Progressive Party (UPP), was found guilty of conspiring with members of a clandestine organization to topple the Seoul government if a war with North Korea broke out.

The Suwon District Court in Suwon, south of Seoul, also stripped the 52-year-old legislator of his civic rights, such as suffrage, for 10 years following his eventual release from prison.

It is the first time that a sitting member of parliament was convicted of the rare charges of plotting an armed uprising to overthrow a democratically elected government.

Court documents showed that Lee talked with about 130 other members of the secret underground organization, Revolutionary Organization (RO), during late-night secret meetings in central Seoul last May about blowing up key infrastructure in South Korea, including communication lines and railways.

Past military-backed governments used insurgency charges to suppress political dissidents. However, there have been no indictments over insurgency plots or other similar anti-government charges in recent years since democratically elected leaders replaced the country's past military dictators.

(Excerpt) Read more at english.yonhapnews.co.kr ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: northkorea; southkorea

1 posted on 02/17/2014 12:31:44 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo; nuconvert; gandalftb; SunkenCiv

Heating up in Korea.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 12:32:43 AM PST by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: AdmSmith
swing 'em/draw & quarter 'em..either.

3 posted on 02/17/2014 12:53:08 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: AdmSmith; KC_Lion

Death penalty would be proper


4 posted on 02/17/2014 1:13:16 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: AdmSmith

> 12 years in prison

He’ll live better than the average North Korean.


5 posted on 02/17/2014 2:17:24 AM PST by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: AdmSmith

There have been spies in south Korea since the war.


6 posted on 02/17/2014 3:08:36 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: AdmSmith

Special note to how the member of a progressive party favored regressive communism. Witth the left, always the opposite


7 posted on 02/17/2014 4:22:59 AM PST by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: AdmSmith

I see that the So. Koreans have their domestic enemies as well. Funny that they’re leftist. Seems to be a trend.


8 posted on 02/17/2014 4:40:50 AM PST by Stand W ( You can't fight in here! This is the War Room!)
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To: GeronL
Does South Korea even HAVE the Death Penalty?

This kind of crap bothers me.

Just like the Red Army Faction back in the 70's in West Germany.

You want Communism?

Fine, it is Literally right next door!

Go live there.

But they won't because they want to be in charge of Communist West Germany.

9 posted on 02/17/2014 6:09:51 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: AdmSmith

Why can’t we get lucky with our leftist law-less makers?


10 posted on 02/17/2014 7:54:20 AM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: KC_Lion

I don’t think they have the death penalty. I guess they are a bit like the Europeans in that regard.


11 posted on 02/17/2014 9:10:46 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: KC_Lion

All they have to do is go to the DMZ, visit the hut where negotiations are done and walk over the line in the center of the room


12 posted on 02/17/2014 9:12:44 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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