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S. Korean court clears executed 'double agent'

Published on Oct 22, 2012 4:12 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean court on Monday posthumously acquitted a man executed 50 years ago on spying charges, deeming that he had been wrongfully convicted of acting as a double agent for North Korea.

Mr Shim Moon Kyu, a South Korean trained by Seoul as a spy, was secretly sent to the communist North in 1955 where he was captured, retrained as a double-agent and sent back to Seoul two years later.

On his return, he immediately turned himself in to the authorities, but was still charged with working as a double agent and eventually executed in 1961.

"The court today cleared him of the charges," a spokeswoman for the Seoul Central District Court told AFP.

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