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Sentencing day set for Korean woman accused of murder in Honduras

All Headlines 11:45 November 13, 2010

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- An Honduran court has set Nov. 19 as the sentencing day for a South Korean woman, who had been acquitted of a murder charge in an earlier verbal ruling, Seoul's foreign ministry said Saturday.

After the first hearing in mid-October, the court made a verbal ruling that it found Han Ji-soo, a 27-year-old diving instructor, not guilty. It was initially supposed to make a formal decision on Nov. 5, but delayed the date for internal matters.

Han was arrested in August 2009 on suspicion of involvement in the 2008 death of a female backpacker from the Netherlands. The Dutch woman died at a house in Honduras that Han had been sharing with others. The victim's boyfriend, who has dual citizenship in Australia and England, had been named the primary suspect but was later released.

Han has claimed innocence. She was freed on bail in December last year and has since been under house arrest at a South Korean church in Honduras.


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