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Prosecutors Demand Death Penalty for Army Deserter

Military prosecutors today demanded the death penalty for an Army deserter accused of killing and wounding about a dozen unarmed comrades in a shooting rampage in a guard post close to the border with North Korea.

In June last year, the 23-year-old Army sergeant, surnamed Lim, fired at his comrades at a border outpost on the east coast, killing five and wounding seven others. Bullying was found to be the motive for the rampage.

He then ran away from his 22nd Infantry Unit with his rifle and a stash of ammunition. Two days later, he was captured while being under siege by thousands of troops right after a botched suicide attempt.

Two months later, Lim was indicted on charges of murder and desertion.

During his final court-martial hearing held at the First Army Headquarters in Wonju, some 132 kilometers southeast of Seoul, military prosecutors demanded the capital punishment, arguing that he committed a “cruel and premeditated attack” on unarmed comrades.”

Source: Busan eFM News


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