Imprisoned by military dictatorship, South Korean man sues governmentBy Nathan Schwartzman Oct 17, 2012 1:21PM UTC
Original article in Korean is at this link.
69-year old Ham Yun-shik, who was a security guard for deceased President Kim Dae-jung during the Yushin era, has filed a lawsuit against the government for the time he spent in prison during the Chun Doo-hwan era.
On the 17th, Mr. Ham and four family members filed the lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Courts’ 15th civil division (chief judge Lee Chang-hyeong) against former President Chun Doo-hwan and the head of investigations of the Martial Law Enforcement Headquarters (계엄사령부), asking for the government to compensate them in the amount of over 45 million won.
However, the claims against former President Chun and former head of the MLEH Lee Hak-bong were dismissed.
Mr. Ham recently had has convictions for spreading false rumors, for which he served prison time, overturned by an appeals court.
In filing the lawsuit, Mr. Ham said that “I served time in prison after being indicted for spreading false facts… during that time, I and my family suffered psychological injuries for which we should be compensated.”
Mr. Ham has also said that he will write a book criticizing former President Chun, to be titled “24 Hours in Donggyo-dong”.