Jail and hard labour for men found 'spying' on N Korea

Pair sentenced to life in jail after being found guilty by North Korean Supreme Court on charges denied by South.

    Jail and hard labour for men found 'spying' on N Korea
    The two were accused of spying for South Korea's National Intelligence Service [File - Reuters]

    North Korea's Supreme Court has convicted two South Koreans on state subversion charges and sentenced them to life in prison with hard labour.

    The sentences for Kim Kuk-gi and Choe Chun-gil were handed down Tuesday after they were found guilty of spying for South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) from the Chinese border city of Dandong.

    Officials in South Korea have denied they were involved in espionage and demanded they be released.

    North Korea presented the two before reporters in March and said they had been taken into custody last year.

    Under North Korean law, the sentences are final and cannot be appealed.

    The pair were charged with conspiracy to overturn the state, espionage, and illegal entry and were accused of working under the control of the US and South Korean governments, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing North Korean state radio.

    Seoul's Unification Ministry, which handles ties with the North, could not immediately confirm the North's broadcast.

    North and South Korea are still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty.

    The reclusive North, which regularly threatens to destroy the United States in a sea of flames, has also been slapped with heavy Western sanctions over its nuclear and missile programmes.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    This part of 'The Crusades: An Arab Perspective' explores the birth of the Muslim revival in the face of the Crusades.

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    A photojournalist describes how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.