Further information on UA 237/94 (ASA 25/23/94, 17 June and follow-up ASA 25/34/94, 23 November) - South Korea: mass arrests / fear of ill-treatment and new concern: prisoner of conscience faces possible death sentence: Ahn Jae-ku
Ahn Jae-ku, 61, a former professor of mathmatics, was sentenced to life imprisonment on 30 November 1994. He was reportedly convicted of forming an "anti-state" organization and spreading pro-North Korean ideology. During his trial he was forced to wear handcuffs 24 hours a day. These have apparently not been removed. AI considers him to be a prisoner of conscience who should be released immediately. This is the latest in a series of cases where AI fears that suspects may have had charges against them fabricated by the ANSP.