Seoul Opens Probe Into Kim Yo Jong For Inter-State Liaison Office Blow Up: Seoul Central District prosecutors obtained a legal criticism in opposition to Kim Yo Jong. (File)
Seoul Opens Probe Into Kim Yo Jong For Inter-State Liaison Office Blow Up
Seoul prosecutors have opened an unprecedented probe into North Korean chief Kim Jong Un’s sister over Pyongyang’s blowing up of a liaison workplace final month, officers stated Thursday.
The transfer is more likely to infuriate the nuclear-armed North, which has repeatedly condemned South Korea in current months, together with directing private insults at President Moon Jae-in.
Seoul Central District prosecutors obtained a legal criticism in opposition to Kim Yo Jong from a Seoul-based lawyer and had began an investigation, a spokeswoman informed AFP.
Final month, Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison workplace on its aspect of the border, days after Kim Yo Jong — one among her brother’s closest advisers — had stated the “ineffective” property would quickly be seen “fully collapsed”.
Earlier than the demolition, it had issued a sequence of vitriolic condemnations of South Korea over anti-North leaflets that defectors ship again throughout the heavily-militarised border — often hooked up to balloons or floated in bottles.
It raised strain additional by threatening navy measures in opposition to Seoul, however later stated it had suspended these plans in an obvious sudden dialling-down of tensions.
In his criticism, lawyer Lee Kyung-jae claimed the now-demolished liaison workplace was South Korean property because it was renovated utilizing South Korean authorities funds, regardless of its being positioned within the North.
Kim “used explosives to destroy” the South’s “quasi-diplomatic mission constructing that served the general public curiosity”, he stated within the criticism.
Lee additionally filed a criticism in opposition to Pak Jong Chon, chief of the final employees of the North Korean navy.
Underneath South Korea’s legal code, he careworn, damaging property or disturbing the peace utilizing explosives was punishable by demise, or a jail sentence of not less than seven years.
Capital punishment stays on the statute books in South Korea, though it has not executed anybody since 1997.
In observe, it could be nearly not possible for Seoul officers to punish Kim Yo Jong or Pak, however Lee informed the South’s Yonhap Information Company that he wished to “inform the North Korean individuals of their chief’s hypocrisy”.
The announcement got here every week after a Seoul courtroom ordered Pyongyang’s chief to compensate prisoners of struggle who spent a long time in North Korea, in a transfer that might set a far-reaching authorized precedent on the divided peninsula.
Inter-Korean relations have been strained following the collapse of a summit in Hanoi between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump early final yr over what the nuclear-armed North can be prepared to surrender in trade for a loosening of sanctions.
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