July 04, 2017 12:11
Former presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon gave his final testimony in the Seoul Central District Court on Monday in his trial over a blacklist of thousands of artists and cultural figures considered "hostile" to ex-President Park Geun-hye.
Kim, an ancient retainer to the Park family, denied ordering the blacklist compiled. Seven people were indicted in the case, including former culture ministers Cho Yoon-sun, who has confessed, and Kim Jong-deok.
They are accused of autocratic practices in trying to weed out artists who were critical of the Park regime and leaning on culture ministry officials and other institutions to cut off their funding or sabotage them.
The prosecution demanded seven-year, six-year and five-year prison terms for Kim Ki-choon, Cho and Kim Jong-deok.
The verdict will be delivered on July 27.
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