Seoul: South Korean prosecutors have
arrested five people on charges of spying for North Korea, a
report said on Friday.
The five, led by an information technology company
chief identified only as Kim, were charged with violating
South Korea`s security law, Yonhap news agency said.
They were accused of setting up an underground
communist group on the instructions of an espionage unit of
North Korea`s ruling Workers Party, it said.
Prosecutors were not available for comment.
Espionage charges in South Korea carry a maximum penalty of
Kim, 48, allegedly contacted North Korean agents 10
times during trips to China, Japan and other countries from
April 1994, Yonhap said, adding the detainees also included a
former opposition party member.
Yonhap said authorities were investigating about 20
other people including union activists and opposition party
members to see whether they were involved in Kim`s espionage
The South periodically detains people accused of
spying for its communist neighbour.