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Parties demand public officials' neutrality in elections

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- Rival political parties called for strict political neutrality from public officials on Monday following allegations that a presidential secretary intervened in nominations for upcoming local elections. The calls come after Lim Jong-hoon, the presidential secretary for civil petitions, resigned Saturday over allegations that he interviewed more than a dozen councilor hopefuls from an electoral district in his hometown of Suwon, just south of Seoul, last month.

Park expresses regret, orders thorough probe into fake evidence scandal

SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye expressed regret and ordered a thorough investigation Monday into allegations that the state intelligence agency was involved in fabricating evidence used in charging a North Korean defector with espionage. It was Park's first comment on the snowballing scandal that has dealt a further blow to the image of the National Intelligence Service still reeling from allegations that it attempted to sway public opinion ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

Key witness in spy scandal in critical condition after suicide attempt

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- A key witness in a case of alleged evidence forgery framing a North Korean defector for espionage was in a life-threatening condition Thursday after attempting suicide, a prosecution officials said. The witness, an ethnic Korean with Chinese nationality whose name was withheld, is suspected of obtaining the fake evidence, including documents purporting to be the defector's immigration records, and handing it over to the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

Key witness in spy scandal in critical condition after suicide attempt

SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- A key witness in a case of alleged evidence forgery framing a North Korean defector for espionage was in a life-threatening condition Thursday after attempting suicide, a prosecution officials said. The witness, an ethnic Korean with Chinese nationality whose name was withheld, is suspected of obtaining the fake evidence, including documents purporting to be the defector's immigration records, and handing it over to the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

Leftist lawmaker gets 12-year prison term for rebellion plot

SUWON, South Korea, Feb. 17 (Yonhap) -- In a landmark ruling, a district court Monday sentenced a left-wing lawmaker to 12 years in prison for plotting an armed rebellion against the South Korean government in case of an inter-Korean war. Rep. Lee Seok-ki, affiliated with the minor opposition Unified Progressive Party (UPP), was found guilty of conspiring with members of a clandestine organization to topple the Seoul government if a war with North Korea broke out.

Leftist lawmaker gets 12-year prison term for rebellion plot

SUWON, South Korea, Feb. 17 (Yonhap) -- In a landmark ruling, a district court Monday sentenced a left-wing lawmaker to 12 years in prison for plotting an armed rebellion against the South Korean government in case of an inter-Korean war. Rep. Lee Seok-ki, affiliated with the minor opposition Unified Progressive Party (UPP), was found guilty of conspiring with members of a clandestine organization to topple the Seoul government if a war with North Korea broke out.

Left-wing party members to stand trial for impeding lawmaker's arrest

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- A total of 23 left-wing political party members have been indicted on charges of impeding the nation's intelligence agency from detaining a lawmaker accused of plotting to overthrow the government, prosecutors said Thursday. The suspects allegedly blocked and physically assaulted National Intelligence Service (NIS) agents who came to arrest Rep. Lee Seok-ki of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) at the National Assembly building on Sept. 4, they said.

Prosecution appeals acquittal of ex-Seoul police chief

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors on Wednesday appealed to an appellate court last week's controversial acquittal of a former police chief charged with impeding a police probe into a high-profile election meddling scandal. The scandal centers around allegations that the nation's intelligence agency meddled in the 2012 presidential election by swaying public opinion in favor of President Park Geun-hye, the then ruling party candidate.

Ex-Seoul police chief acquitted of hampering probe in spy agency scandal

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul court on Thursday acquitted a former head of the Seoul police agency of hampering a police investigation into allegations that the nation's intelligence agency meddled in the 2012 presidential election. The Seoul Central District Court delivered a not-guilty verdict to Kim Yong-pan, the former chief of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA), citing a lack of evidence and credibility of a key witness testimony.

Ex-Seoul police chief acquitted of hampering probe in spy agency scandal

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul court on Thursday acquitted a former head of the Seoul police agency of hampering a police investigation into allegations that the nation's intelligence agency meddled in the 2012 presidential election. The Seoul Central District Court cleared Kim Yong-pan, the former chief of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, of charges that he abused his authority to cover up the high-profile election-meddling scandal in breach of the Police Officers Act and the Public Official Election Act.
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