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South Korea's spy chief cleared of forgery charges

Published on Apr 14, 2014 3:34 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean prosecutors concluded on Monday that the head of the national spy agency was not involved in the fabrication of evidence in an alleged 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.

State prosecutors launched a probe in February when China confirmed that the documents were not authentic, and NIS chief Nam Jae Joon has come under pressure from politicians and human rights activists to step down.

But the Prosecutors' Office in Seoul said on Monday it did not believe the forgery was part of a larger operation orchestrated by the NIS leadership.

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