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South Korean MP sentenced to 12 years for treason

Published on Feb 17, 2014 3:28 PM
 
This file photo taken on Sept 4, 2013 shows Lee Seok Ki (C), a leftist lawmaker from South Korea's United Progress Party, after a parliamentary vote on a government motion for his arrest on sedition charges outside the National Assembly building in Seoul. A South Korean court on Feb 17, 2014 sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison after a rare treason trial in which he was charged with plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea. Prosecutors had demanded 20 years for Lee Seok Ki, 52, who was tried along with six other members of his left-wing United Progressive Party. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean court on Monday sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison after a rare treason trial saw him convicted of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

Prosecutors had demanded 20 years for Lee Seok Ki, 52, who was tried along with six other members of his left-wing United Progressive Party.

Lee was the first member of the National Assembly to face treason charges since the country’s transformation from a military-backed autocracy to a fully-fledged democracy in the 1980s.

As well as his prison term, the court ordered Lee deprived of his civil rights for 10 years following his eventual release. After parliament voted to lift his immunity from arrest, Lee was charged last September under the 65-year-old National Security Law, which rights groups have accused past administrations of using to stifle debate and silence political opposition.

 
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