Suspended prison term for pro-North Web posts

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Suspended prison term for pro-North Web posts

A South Korean man was sentenced to a suspended two-year prison term and three years of probation for relaying and posting pro-North Korean articles and propaganda on the Internet, court officials said yesterday.

The 40-year-old man, identified only as Lee, was indicted in March on charges of distributing 433 pieces of pro-North Korean content on an Internet blog, including 252 links from a North Korean magazine.

The National Security Law prohibits distributing publications praising the North, unauthorized activities sympathetic to the communist state or contact with its people.

The Seoul Central District Court said it determined the sentence in consideration of Lee’s motive and way of distributing the content regarding the North; he did not actively participate in rallies or demonstrations in addition to the online activities.

It also said the first-time offender acknowledged and regretted his charges, and his activities did not pose a serious threat given the democratic maturity of South Korean society.

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