SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s Supreme Court, upholding a lower court’s ruling, has acquitted a Japanese-born Korean man of espionage and anti-state charges, court officials said Wednesday, 30 years after he was convicted with evidence obtained by torture and other illegal methods.
The 63-year-old defendant, only identified by his surname Park, was indicted in 1982, on charges of gathering military secrets under orders from a pro-North Korean group based in Japan while he was studying in South Korea.
He was detained without a warrant and tortured by the investigators to obtain a confession. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail for violating Seoul’s anti-communist law the following year, they added.
Park applied for the retrial at the recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a special committee established in 2005 to investigate past atrocities, especially during the military-backed regime in the 1970s and 1980s.
Source: Busan eFM News