S Korean indicted for re-tweeting N Korean messages

South Korean prosecutors have indicted a Socialist Party member on charges that he reposted messages from a North Korean government Twitter account.

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2012, 19:00 PM IST

Seoul: South Korean prosecutors have indicted a Socialist Party member on charges that he reposted messages from a North Korean government Twitter account.

The Socialist Party in Seoul said Thursday that Park Jeong-geun was indicted this week for violating a law that makes it a crime to praise, sympathize or cooperate with North Korea.

Officials of the small opposition party say Park re-tweeted the messages to promote freedom of expression and lampoon the North`s government.

They say Park didn`t intend to praise North Korea.

Calls to prosecutors seeking comment were unanswered late Thursday.

Indictments under South Korea`s anti-North National Security Law have shot up since a conservative government took power in Seoul in 2008.

Bureau Report