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South Korea: Prisoner of conscience Kim Nak-jung

, Index number: ASA 25/018/1993

Kim Nak-jung, 61-year-old political writer and activist, has been sentenced to life imprisonment under the National Security Law. He was arrested without a warrant on 25 August 1992 by the Agency for National Security Planning (ANSP) with his wife and two daughters. They were held incommunicado, during which time Kim Nak-jung was beaten and deprived of sleep. In November 1992 he was tried on charges which included the collecting of state secrets through his activities in the Minjung Party and the Research group for Peaceful Reunification, and of meeting and receiving money from North Korean agents. On 23 February 1993 he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Seoul District Criminal Court. The document includes extracts from statements made by Kim Nak-jung in court.

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