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From North, demands to pay up for torture

Jan 08,2006
A group of pro-North Korean sympathizers, convicted and imprisoned here for political crimes and later repatriated to the North, have taken aim at the conservative Grand National Party, demanding compensation for alleged torture.
The group called the party the successor to Korea’s past military governments and demanded an apology and $1 billion in compensation. The petition was addressed to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, according to North Korean broadcasts, and was delivered to South Korean liaison officers at the truce village of Panmunjeom on Friday.
The party flatly rejected the document and protested its acceptance by Seoul authorities. The former prisoners claimed that they had suffered torture and suppression while imprisoned, some for as long as 40 years.


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