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Former deputy defense minister released days after arrest on covert cyber political activities

All Headlines 23:37 November 24, 2017

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- A former deputy defense minister was released on Friday, 13 days after he was arrested for his alleged involvement in surreptitious cyberspace activities aimed at influencing public opinion in favor of a former conservative government.

The decision was made by a court which explained that some of the charges against Lim Kwan-bin have room for dispute and that there is little concern he might flee or destroy evidence.

The court, however, noted that he should not contact anyone involved in the case and stay at his declared residence. He was released on 10 million won (US$9,200) bail.

Lim is accused of being involved in the operation of the cyber command through which covert political activities were allegedly carried out to sway public opinion in favor of the Lee Myung-bak government in the early 2010s. He was arrested on Nov. 11.

Former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin was also released on Wednesday after he was arrested with Lim on similar charges.

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