The Straits Times
Published on Feb 08, 2013

S. Korean activists jailed for visit to North


SEOUL (AFP) ) A South Korean court jailed an elderly left-wing activist for four years on Friday for making an unauthorised trip across the border to North Korea.

Ro Su Hui, 69, was convicted of violating a strict security law that penalises pro-Pyongyang activity and bans citizens from going to the North without prior permission.

Another activist, Won Jin Wook, received a three-year prison sentence for communicating with North Korean officials to arrange Ro's trip.

Ro entered the North via China in March last year for a memorial service marking the 100th day since the death of long-time ruler Kim Jong Il.