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CHUN DOO-HWAN FOUND GUILTY
입력 2020.12.01 (15:09) 수정 2020.12.01 (16:45) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

Former President Chun Doo-hwan has been found guilty in the first trial for defaming a late democratic activist who testified that troops fired at civilians from helicopters during the 1980 Gwangju pro-democracy uprising. Chun was accused of calling the late Catholic priest a brazen liar in his 2017 memoir. The ex-president was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.

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Chun Doo-hwan had been charged with labeling the late priest Cho Bi-oh as a liar in his memoir published in April, 2017, after Cho testified that there were shootings from helicopters during the 1980 Gwangju pro-democracy uprising. The Gwangju District Court on Monday sentenced the ex-president to eight months behind bars, suspended for two years. The judges concluded that troops fired at civilians from helicopters over Bulro Bridge and Jeonil Building on May 21 and 27, respectively during the 1980 uprising.

[Soundbite] RYU BONG-GEUN(JUDGE, GWANGJU DISTRICT COURT) : "The bench's decision is based on military documents as well as testimonies by victims, witnesses and those who served as government troops during the uprising."

The bench said despite the historical significance of the shootings, the former president denied them and made his special pardon meaningless. Cho's side welcomed the verdict on acknowledging the shootings, but felt the suspended term was too lenient.

[Soundbite] PRIEST CHO YOUNG-DAE(CHO BI-OH'S NEPHEW) : "Despite the brutal atrocity he committed, Chun showed no remorse. Rather, he told lies shamelessly and caused greater public suffering during the long process of this trial."

Before delivering the verdict, the presiding judge called on Chun to apologize for the social suffering and pain he caused, noting he was ultimately responsible for the military crackdown on the protests.
  • CHUN DOO-HWAN FOUND GUILTY
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[Anchor Lead]

Former President Chun Doo-hwan has been found guilty in the first trial for defaming a late democratic activist who testified that troops fired at civilians from helicopters during the 1980 Gwangju pro-democracy uprising. Chun was accused of calling the late Catholic priest a brazen liar in his 2017 memoir. The ex-president was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.

[Pkg]

Chun Doo-hwan had been charged with labeling the late priest Cho Bi-oh as a liar in his memoir published in April, 2017, after Cho testified that there were shootings from helicopters during the 1980 Gwangju pro-democracy uprising. The Gwangju District Court on Monday sentenced the ex-president to eight months behind bars, suspended for two years. The judges concluded that troops fired at civilians from helicopters over Bulro Bridge and Jeonil Building on May 21 and 27, respectively during the 1980 uprising.

[Soundbite] RYU BONG-GEUN(JUDGE, GWANGJU DISTRICT COURT) : "The bench's decision is based on military documents as well as testimonies by victims, witnesses and those who served as government troops during the uprising."

The bench said despite the historical significance of the shootings, the former president denied them and made his special pardon meaningless. Cho's side welcomed the verdict on acknowledging the shootings, but felt the suspended term was too lenient.

[Soundbite] PRIEST CHO YOUNG-DAE(CHO BI-OH'S NEPHEW) : "Despite the brutal atrocity he committed, Chun showed no remorse. Rather, he told lies shamelessly and caused greater public suffering during the long process of this trial."

Before delivering the verdict, the presiding judge called on Chun to apologize for the social suffering and pain he caused, noting he was ultimately responsible for the military crackdown on the protests.
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