February 10, 2015 10:45
Former National Intelligence Service chief Won Sei-hoon was sentenced to three years in jail on Monday for interfering in the 2012 presidential election.
Last September, a Seoul district court cleared the 64-year-old of election tampering but found him guilty of a lesser charge of "intervening in politics."
But the Seoul High Court on appeal ruled that Won "willfully neglected" an online smear campaign carried out by an NIS staffer against the rivals of Park Geun-hye, who was the ruling party hopeful at the time and won.
"It is fair to say Won had the intention to intervene in the election by willfully neglecting these activities," Seoul High Court Judge Kim Sang-hwan said in his ruling.
Won has already served time for corruption and finished a stretch five months ago. Now he heads back to prison.
Before he was led away by court officials, Won claimed innocence, saying he "worked hard" for the public and the nation. His lawyer said Won intends to appeal.
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