Prosecutors file appeal in Korean dissident case

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22 July 2004, SEOUL - South Korean prosecutors filed an appeal Thursday with the country's Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's dismissal of charges against Korean-German dissident Song Doo Yul, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for maintaining illegal ties with communist North Korea.

22 July 2004

SEOUL - South Korean prosecutors filed an appeal Thursday with the country's Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's dismissal of charges against Korean-German dissident Song Doo Yul, who was sentenced to seven years in prison for maintaining illegal ties with communist North Korea.

The appeal was submitted to the nation's highest court in Seoul, said Boo Bong-hoon, a senior prosecutor for the government announced.

"The prosecutors have reached a consensus that we cannot accept the appellate court's decision to dismiss charges (against Song Doo Yul) for joining the North Korean party's Politburo and paying a visit to the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung's funeral," Boo was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying.

Song Doo Yul, 59, was released from prison on Wednesday after a Seoul appellate court overturned his conviction and ruled there was no evidence that he was a member of the North Korean Workers' Party's powerful Politburo.

The sociology professor had been sentenced to seven years detention in March for being a member of the communist country's Workers' Party in violation of South Korean security laws.

In its ruling Wednesday, the Seoul High Court said evidence presented by the prosecution was insufficient to prove Song held membership in North Korea's Politburo. The appellate court cited the evidence as the reason it was reducing the professor's previous sentence of three years in prison to a five-year suspended sentence.

Song, who was in self-imposed exile in Germany for 36 years, returned to South Korea in September 2003 and was promptly taken into custody for his pro-North Korean activities.

DPA

Subject: German news

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