April 18, 2023 11:10
A South Korean court on Monday began hearing a civil suit by former South Korean prisoners of war against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to compensate them for decades of hard labor.
Former South Korean POW Kim Sung-tae (91) and four other plaintiffs filed the lawsuit at Seoul Central District Court in September 2020 demanding W21 million in compensation per victim for the "physical and mental damage" they suffered until they escaped to South Korea (US$1=W1,311).
The presiding judge said the case must be wrapped up even if the defendant does not show up for trial and pledged to reach a decision soon. Legal experts believe the plaintiffs stand a strong chance of winning the case.
The same court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in a similar lawsuit filed in 2020 by two other former POWs. They were awarded W21 million each in what was hailed as a landmark case.
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