Leftist lawmaker, prosecution challenge high court ruling

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- A left-leaning lawmaker on Thursday filed an appeal against an appellate court conviction that he had instigated an anti-state armed revolt against the government.

On Monday, the Seoul High Court, partly overturning a lower court ruling, handed down a reduced jail sentence of nine years to Lee Seok-ki, a member of the minor opposition Unified Progressive Party (UPP).

Lawyers representing the 53-year-old lawmaker said they have lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court against the conviction.

Prosecutors also said they have appealed the ruling as well.

In a lower court ruling earlier this year, the UPP legislator had been sentenced to 12 years in prison on more serious charges of plotting an armed revolt against the Seoul government in the event of an inter-Korean war.

In its ruling on Monday, the Seoul High Court commuted Lee's sentence by three years, saying that there was no sufficient evidence to prove that he had actually plotted to topple the Seoul government.

The court, however, recognized that the former student activist had instigated supporters to stage an armed revolt against the government.

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