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South Korea arrests ex-security chief over border shooting — RT World News

The decision comes two years after a South Korean government employee was shot dead near the border with North Korea.

A former top South Korean security official has been arrested for trying to cover up a 2020 shooting near the border with North Korea, with prosecutors saying he ordered his subordinates to destroy documents related to the ‘affair.

The Seoul Central District Court issued an arrest warrant for former national security adviser Suh Hoon on Saturday, according to Yonhap News, which noted that Suh is “suspected of ordering key security officials to suppress internal intelligence reports” related to the border incident two years ago. The court also raised the possibility that Suh was seeking to destroy more evidence.

The shooting took place in September 2020, when 47-year-old Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries staff Lee Dae-jun came under fire from the North Korean Coast Guard while working near the border separating the two Koreas. Pyongyang later apologized for the killing, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly saying he was “Really sorry” for the “disrecommended” incident.

However, while the government of former South Korean President Moon Jae-in initially claimed that Lee was trying to defect to the North when he was shot, an investigation by the Audit and Inspection Council of the South Korea later revealed that officials withheld evidence suggesting Lee had no intentions. to leave the country and that the government made no meaningful attempt to save the man’s life after learning that he had been shot.

Shortly after South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol took office in May, the Defense Ministry released a report acknowledging that there was no evidence that Lee was seeking to defect, directly challenging the conclusions of the previous administration.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) also filed charges against Suh and another senior official in July for alleged abuse of power, destruction of public documents and falsification of official documents, according to the Washington Post. Before serving as national security adviser, Suh headed the NIS.

Moon defended his government’s response to the shooting and criticized the ongoing investigation into the incident, saying a “national security issue” shouldn’t be a “subject of political disputes” in a statement earlier this week.

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