Republic of Korea (South Korea): Long-term prisoner Kim Tae-ryong
Kim Tae-ryong was arrested in July 1979 under the National Security Law and interrogated in incommunicado detention for 36 days by the "anti-communist division" of the police. During this time he was reportedly tortured and forced to sign a confession. He was sentenced to life imprisonment after a trial which is believed to have been unfair. His sentence was later reduced in a prisoner amnesy and he is due for release in 1999. Amnesty International believes that he may be a prisoner of conscience and is calling for an urgent review of his case.