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*Translated from this article.
Mr. Park, Jung-geun (25), who was indicted for retweeting the North Korean government’s Twitter account Uriminzokkiri, was found guilty.
On a single judge trial, Judge Shin, Jin-woo of the Suwon District Court Criminal Division no.3 sentenced Mr. Park to 10 months imprisonment as a 2 years suspended sentence.
On the written decision, Judge Shin said that “It can be acknowledged that considering the retweet and the intentions and circumstances of the defendant’s own posts, his actions constitute as agreement and participation with an anti-government organization’s activities.” and that “While Twitter has personal characteristics, it cannot prevent access from the masses and is highly influential, and therefore cannot be limited as personal communications.”
He also explained the reasoning behind the sentence: “A heavier sentence should have been necessary, since the defendant was aware that his actions were ultimately beneficial for North Korean propaganda and public relations, and that he continued to commit the criminal activity even during the investigation; however,it was taken into consideration that this is a first offense and he promised not to commit the same crime again.”
Mr. Park was indicted of retweeting and spreading 96 posts from the North Korean propaganda body Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea’s website, and writing 133 expressions including videos that are beneficial to the enemy, from December 2010 to December 2011.
However, Mr. Park had consistently alleged that he is a member of the South Korean Socialist Party which has an anti-Workers’ Party of Korea (the ruling party of North Korea) agenda, and that he was merely retweeting to tease and satirize the North Korean government.
Aside from retweeting Uriminzokkiri tweets, Mr. Park also wrote tweets mocking the North Korean government, such as “I pay my condolences to Chairman Kim Jong-il and would like to send some uranium and plutonium to the DPRK as a sign of my condolences,” “I want to fondle Kim Jong-il’s boobs,” and “Let’s exterminate Kim Jong-Il, germs, and cancer.”
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BTW, the prosecutor demanded 2-year imprisonment.
I guess the moral of this tale is: never make North Korea-related jokes the prosecutor and the judge can’t understand. Or that South Korean authorities are scared shit of North Korean propaganda and/or extremely distrustful of the intelligence of its citizens. Anyway, too pissed off to comment on this, so I’ll just upload a translation for now.