South Korea: The case of Son Pyong-son
Son Pyong-son, a 53-year-old former politician is now serving life imprisonment in South Korea on charges of joining an "anti-state" organization and passing state secrets to North Korea. He was one of 67 people arrested in late 1992 for alleged links with a "spy ring". AI is concerned that he was arrested without a warrant and allegedly tortured during interrogation in incommunicado detention. His daughter, Son Min-yong, was also arrested. Song Pyong-son denies the charges of espionage and AI is concerned that he may be a prisoner of conscience.