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It’s official: NIS “Broke Rules”

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Chosun Ilbo reports that the South Korean National Intelligence Service did not follow protocol during interrogations of 22 North Koreans found drifting at sea on Lunar New Years. Chosun Ilbo confirms that the drifters, alleged to have been executed upon their repatriation, were not interrogated individually, but instead, in groups of five or six. The total interrogation only lasted for a total of four or five hours. Reports the Chosun Ilbo:

In a briefing after the committee’s closed-door meeting, Grand National Party lawmaker Chung Hyung-keun said, “Rules require that refugees be interrogated one by one. Some committee members found fault with (intelligence authorities’) interrogations of the (22 North Koreans) in groups — by fives or sixes each time — for four to five hours.”

In addition, allegations have come to light that in the past, intelligence agents used threatening tactics to compel would-be defectors into returning North:

North Korean defectors’ organizations claimed that South Korean investigators have used threatening tactics when questioning refugees, and that refugees have been browbeaten in group interrogations into returning to the North. They demanded that it be ascertained whether the investigators used intimidating methods in the latest case.

Scary stuff, indeed.


Written by nkmonitor

February 28, 2008 at 12:49 am

Posted in North-US Relations

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