Lawmaker Gets 12 Years in Jail for Sedition

Lee Seok-ki Lee Seok-ki

Lawmaker Lee Seok-ki of the hard-left United Progressive Party was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Monday on charges of plotting to sabotage key installations should war break out with North Korea.

He is also barred from public office for the next 10 years.

The last time a politician was sentenced by a court on charges of sedition was former president Kim Dae-jung back in 1980, when he was a political dissident during the military dictatorship.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 18, 2014 11:41 KST