Thursday, October 02, 2008

North Korean spy looks at five years

Prosecutors yesterday sought a five-year prison sentence for the 34-year-old confessed North Korean female spy Won Jeong-hwa, who posed as a defector to obtain military secrets from South Korean military personnel. (Won confessed when she appeared for her initial hearing in the same court on September 10.)

Won slept with several South Korean military officers in order to get information related to weapons systems and troop movements. She also made frequent visits to China to receive instructions from her North Korean superiors.

Won also allegedly tried to kidnap a military officer, discover the location of North Korean defectors in the South, including former high-ranking North Korean official Hwang Jang-yop, and kill South Korean intelligence agents.

Sentencing in her case is scheduled for October 15.

[JoongAng Daily]

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