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Spymaster apologizes over evidence forgery

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- The chief of South Korea's intelligence agency apologized Tuesday for the agency's role in forging evidence to frame a North Korean defector for espionage. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has been accused of fabricating Chinese government documents to build an espionage case against Yoo Woo-seong, the 34-year-old defector who previously worked at the Seoul municipal government.

Senior S.Korean intelligence official resigns

A top South Korean intelligence official resigned Monday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said Suh Cheon-Ho, one of its three vice-chiefs, stepped down to take reponsibility for the involvement of his staff in the scandal. The agency has been accused of forging documents -- including Chinese border control records -- to build a false spying case against a former Seoul city official who had escaped to South Korea from North Korea in 2004.

Senior S.Korean intelligence official resigns

A top South Korean intelligence official resigned Monday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said Suh Cheon-Ho, one of its three vice-chiefs, stepped down to take reponsibility for the involvement of his staff in the scandal. The agency has been accused of forging documents -- including Chinese border control records -- to build a false spying case against a former Seoul city official who had escaped to South Korea from North Korea in 2004.

Forgery probe clears S. Korea spy chief

South Korean prosecutors concluded Monday that the head of the national spy agency was not involved in the fabrication of evidence in an alleged espionage case. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has been accused of forging documents -- including Chinese border control records -- to build a spying case against a former Seoul City official who escaped to South Korea from North Korea in 2004.

Prosecution indicts key figures in fake evidence case

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korean prosecutors on Monday brought charges against a state intelligence agent and his civilian assistant for their alleged role in forging Chinese government documents to frame a North Korean defector. The indictment comes more than a month after the Chinese Embassy in Seoul announced that the Chinese immigration records were fake, raising suspicions that South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) may be behind the alleged forgery.

Prosecution set to indict key figures in fake evidence case

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean prosecutors said Friday that they plan to bring charges against two people, including an agent of Seoul's state spy agency, for their alleged role in forging Chinese government documents to frame a North Korean defector. The midranking National Intelligence Service (NIS) official, only identified by his surname Kim, is under suspicion of instructing a Chinese national to obtain the documents issued by Chinese authorities that were later announced by the Chinese Embassy in Seoul as fake, prosecutors said.

60 pct of lawmakers, gov't officials increase fortune in 2013: data

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- Despite a slow economic recovery, six out of 10 South Korean lawmakers and high-ranking civil servants saw their assets rise last year due mainly to an increase in the value of land holdings, data showed Friday. According to the data published by the ethics committees of the country's legislative, administrative and judicial branches, 60.8 percent, or 1,423 out of the country's 2,339 senior officials, saw their assets rise in 2013.

S. Korean intelligence official attempts suicide

SEOUL, March 24 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean intelligence official has attempted suicide a day after being questioned by prosecutors over his alleged role in forging Chinese government documents to frame a North Korean defector for espionage, police officials said Monday. The 51-year-old midranking official at the National Intelligence Service (NIS), only identified by his family name Kwon, is in critical condition at a Seoul hospital, according to the officials.

S. Korean intelligence official attempts suicide

SEOUL, March 24 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean intelligence official has attempted suicide a day after being questioned by prosecutors over his alleged role in forging Chinese government documents to frame a North Korean defector for espionage, police officials said Monday. The 51-year-old mid-ranking official at the National Intelligence Service (NIS), only identified by his family name Kwon, is in critical condition at a Seoul hospital, according to the officials.

Prosecutors quiz spy agents over evidence forgery

SEOUL, March 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean prosecutors said Thursday that they have called in several agents of the state spy agency for questioning over their alleged involvement in forging Chinese government documents to frame a North Korean defector for espionage. Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office in Seoul summoned National Intelligence Service (NIS) officials, including a midranking agent surnamed Kwon, on Wednesday to further investigate whether the alleged forgery was part of a much bigger operation orchestrated by the leadership of the agency.
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