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Monday, January 19, 2004

(Family and kin) Older sister helping her fugitive brother

The release from office (chôngjik) of older sister of Yi Sôk-ki, who was helped by her while he was searched by police because the Inhyôktang affair, was declared wrongful (?) by the administrative court (article in Hankyoreh). Ministry of Defence suspended her from office for 2 months after she was found guilty of helping her fugitive brother, and now she won her claim against the Ministry. "The complainant (?) provided his younger brother with 500 000 won a month and with other assistance during his hideout period, but as an action between siblings, this cannot be seen to be a breach of criminal law," and "giving money to the younger brother suspected of a crime is not a breach against "government employee's character (p'umwi)".


The NK sub sunk on the Souther coast, in which the clues to the affair were found
Yi Sôk-ki was active in the so-called Minhyôktang, which is short for Minjok Minju Hyôngmyôngdang, 'People's Democratic Revolutionary Party'. He was hiding from police from late '99 to May 2002, when he was arrested and given 2 years and 6 months for breaking the National security law. He was pardoned in August 2003. The Minhyôktang affair is a long story, with connections to North Korea and Weekly Mal; here's a link to a Weekly Donga article from 2000. (Seems that all of the convicted have now been released.)

Well, this looks almost like a reversal of the yônjwaje (연좌제), guilty by association; not being suspect because of a family relation to a "security criminal", but being given immunity because of siblingship.

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