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.