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SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- A Supreme Court trial was broadcast live Thursday for the first time, in line with the judicial body's efforts to enhance public trust in court proceedings.

The trial was broadcast live on KTV and streamed online on major portal Web sites such as Naver for about one hour and 20 minutes. It was aired with a 20-minute delay to prevent potential violations of human rights and the privacy of the participants.

"The live and online broadcast will provide a venue where the public can better understand court trials,” the Supreme Court said in a statement, adding that it is aimed at increasing public trust.

More than 100 people visited the court to watch the trial that involved a 26-year-old Vietnamese mother who moved back to her country with a 13-month old daughter, without the consent of her Korean husband.

In two previous rulings, lower courts cleared the mother of abduction charges.

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