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South Korea spy chief takes heat in forged spy case

Published on Mar 12, 2014 2:15 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's spy agency chief came under growing pressure to step down on Wednesday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an 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.

China has confirmed that the documents were not authentic, forcing the NIS to deny allegations that it was behind the forgery.

Last week, the case took a dramatic turn when an NIS informant linked to the forgeries attempted to commit suicide. He survived and was arrested by state prosecutors on Wednesday.

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