N Korean defector convicted of needle poison plot
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
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.
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