Ex-President Chun Hospitalized for 'Cancer Treatment'

      August 17, 2021 11:47

      Former putschist President Chun Doo-hwan has been hospitalized after collapsing during his trial for defamation last week.

      Chun (90) apparently suffers from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, but Yonsei University's Severance Hospital in Seoul is conducting follow-up tests to be sure, sources said Sunday.

      Former President Chun Doo-hwan leaves a courtroom in Gwangju on Aug. 9.

      On Aug. 9, Chun appeared in a Gwangju court in an appeals trial for defaming the late activist priest Cho Chul-hyun but left the courtroom after 25 minutes complaining of breathing difficulties.

      Prosecutors are appealing a suspended sentence given to Chun for defaming the priest, who gave an eyewitness account of the 1980 Gwangju massacre of democracy activists that happened at Chun's orders.

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