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Top court upholds acquittal of former student activist

All News 10:42 January 20, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Yonhap) -- The nation's top court has confirmed the acquittal of a former student activist accused of praising North Korean ideology, court records showed Wednesday.

The Supreme Court found Yoon Ki-jin, former chairman of a South Korean group for reunification of the Korean Peninsula, not guilty of sending some 30 letters praising the North to his wife and making her upload them to the Internet from April 2008 to January 2010 while serving a prison term for a separate case.

In 2013, an appeals court acquitted the 41-year-old of the charges of violating South Korea's National Security Law, saying that the letters did not pose a threat to South Korea.

"(They) were not based on fact and were so illogical that (any) cultured South Korean citizens would be able to look at them with a sound and balanced point of view," the appeals court said.

Yoon's wife, Hwang Sun, is also standing trial on charges of praising the North on talk shows she hosted in 2014. Hwang served as a deputy spokeswoman of the now-defunct Democratic Labor Party.

South Koreans are banned from joining a pro-Pyongyang organization or having unauthorized contact with North Korea. They are also prohibited from supporting or praising the North in any way under the National Security Law.

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