April 01, 2023

Former ROK cabinet officials indicted over forced repatriation of North Koreans

Moon Jae-in’s foreign minister faces abuse of power charges related to 2019 case involving two DPRK fishermen

Prosecutors indicted South Korea’s former foreign and unification ministers along with officials from the Moon Jae-in administration on Tuesday, alleging that they mishanded a 2019 case that involved the forced repatriation of two North Korean fishermen.

Former national security adviser and foreign minister Chung Eui-yong, unification minister Kim Yeon-chul, presidential chief of staff Noh Young-min and National Intelligence Service (NIS) chief Suh Hoon have been charged with “violating the National Intelligence Service Act because of abuse of power,” the People Power Party (PPP) announced in a statement on Tuesday, confirming reports citing the prosecutor’s office.