South Korean leftist MP charged with rebellion
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean prosecutors on Thursday formally charged a leftist lawmaker with plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.
United Progressive Party MP Lee Seok Ki was charged under the tough National Security Law - a sweeping piece of legislation enacted in 1948 to guard against espionage and other threats from a belligerent North Korea.
Although the law has been amended numerous times, international rights groups have criticised its continued potential for abuse as a form of political repression.
The sedition charges levelled against Lee are rarely used, especially against a sitting member of parliament.