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

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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