S Korea bureaucrat charged with spying

January 21, 2013 by admin
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Defection, Espionage, North Korea 

A bureaucrat in Seoul’s city government has been charged with spying for North Korea, after what appears to be an unusual breach of the South Korean civil service.

The arrest comes ahead of next month’s inauguration of Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s next president, who has promised to build trust and co-operation with the north.

The 33-year-old official – originally from North Korea – is accused of passing the details of more than 10,000 fellow defectors to Pyongyang’s security services. The arrest on January 11 of the man, identified only as Mr Yu, was first reported on Monday by Seoul’s Dong-a Ilbo newspaper, and subsequently confirmed by a South Korean intelligence official.

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