S. Korean pastor indicted for unauthorized visit to DPRK

16:57, July 27, 2011      

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A South Korean pastor has been indicted for entering the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( DPRK) without authorization, a violation of the country's security law, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A 75-year-old U.S.-based pastor is also suspected of visiting the DPRK in April to commemorate the birth of the country's late leader Kim Il-sung and meeting government officials there and praising Pyongyang.

The pastor, who name is withheld, then traveled to South Korea and was questioned by intelligence authorities before being formally indicted without detention.

South Korea's national security law, introduced in 1948, bans all "anti-state" acts deemed beneficial to Pyongyang, with which Seoul remains technically at war following the truce that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

Progressive civic activists and liberal politicians have long called for the abolition of the controversial law, whose vague clauses they say are subject to abuse.

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