May 22, 2024

South Korea repatriates two North Koreans accused of murdering crew mates

Seoul says two "criminals" not subject to protection under law, though it's unclear if they attempted to claim asylum

South Korea's military on Thursday repatriated two North Korean escapees accused of involvement in a series of murders, the country's defense minister and Ministry of Unification (MOU) said.

Speaking at a hearing of the National Assembly's Defense Committee, in comments carried by local media, Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo told lawmakers that the two were returned to the North at 15:12 at the inter-Korean border in Panmunjom.

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