N Korean defector convicted of needle poison plot

The defector was arrested for trying to kill another who regularly sent anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.

Seoul: A court in Seoul has sentenced a North
Korean defector to four years in prison for trying to
assassinate another defector with a poisoned needle.

The defector surnamed Ahn was arrested last year for
trying to kill another who regularly sends anti-Pyongyang
leaflets across the Korean border.

The Seoul Central District Court said today that Ahn was
convicted a day earlier.

South Korea`s Yonhap news agency says North Korean agents
ordered Ahn to kill the activist, and he agreed because he
resented the south`s intelligence agency.

The court said Ahn`s plot was a threat to national
security.

More than 21,000 North Koreans have defected to the South
since the Korean War ended in 1953. Defectors undergo
questioning to make sure they are not spies.

PTI

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