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S. Korean court orders new trial for convicted ex-spy chief

South Korea's top court orders new trial for ex-spy chief convicted of online campaign smears

S. Korean court orders new trial for convicted ex-spy chief

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a former spy chief convicted of directing an online campaign to smear a main opposition candidate in the 2012 presidential election.

The court granted Won Sei-hoon a new trial Thursday after rejecting a key piece of evidence that was used to convict him in the original trial.

Won has been serving a 3-year sentence for ordering his underlings to post online comments that praised the then-ruling party candidate and current President Park Geun-hye and slandered her rival.

The high court said files containing a list of Twitter accounts that prosecutors say were used to discredit Park's rival can't be considered evidence in the case.

But the court rejected Won's request for parole while awaiting a new trial.


Updated : 2021-09-17 16:05 GMT+08:00