South Korea jails North Korean assassination plotters
A South Korean court has jailed two North Koreans for plotting to assassinate a high-ranking defector to the South, Hwang Jang-yop.
Prosecutors had asked for 15-year sentences, but the court jailed the two men for 10 years each.
The two men, identified only as Kim and Tong, had admitted pretending to be defectors with a secret mission to kill Mr Hwang.
For those just tuning in, Hwang was a former president of Kim Il-Sung University (where he was Kim Jong-Il’s teacher) and the Chairman of the Supreme People’s Assembly. He fell out of favor in the 1980s and ended up defecting in 1997.
His memoirs, detailing his life in the early years of North Korea after the war, can be found here.