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Spies of S. Korean Intelligence Service Tried in DPRK

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, June 23 (KCNA) -- The Supreme Court of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Tuesday held a trial on Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil, spies of south Korea's Intelligence Service who were arrested while perpetrating espionage against the DPRK under the manipulation of the U.S. and the south Korean puppet regime.

Citizens of various strata were present as observers.

The justice examined the cases of Kim and Choe, accused of violations of Articles 60, 64, 65 and 221 of the DPRK Criminal Code. Written indictments verifying their crimes were submitted before an inquiry into the facts of the cases.

In the course of the inquiry, the accused confessed to all crimes they had committed by taking active part in the state-sponsored political terrorism and anti-DPRK hostility of the U.S. and the south Korean puppet regime. The crimes included gathering of information on the supreme leadership of the DPRK and its party, state and military secrets and situation and offering of them to south Korea's Intelligence Service and manufacturing and distributing copies of anti-DPRK multimedia.

Displayed at the trial were varieties of spy apparatuses, memories with undesirable contents stored and other evidence pieces proving the crimes of the accused.

The prosecutor in his final speech demanded death penalty to the accused, contending that they are bound to face a stern punishment under the DPRK law as they committed the hideous state-sponsored terrorism against the dignified supreme leadership of the DPRK and encroached on the security of its socialist system and state.

The defense counsel asked the court to commute the death penalty to other punishment, saying in his argument that the crimes by the accused and their consequences are very serious but the accused may repent of their faults more bitterly, witnessing for themselves the true picture of the prospering DPRK.

The court condemned Kim Kuk Gi and Choe Chun Gil respectively to a penalty of indefinite compulsory labor.

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