Court orders Kim to compensate South Korean for wartime abduction

Seoul, Mar 26 (efe-epa).- A Seoul court ordered North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his regime on Friday to pay compensation to a South Korean citizen whose family member was abducted to the reclusive country during the Korean War.

The Seoul Central District Court has determined that Kim and the North Korean government will have to pay 50 million won (about $44,200) to the plaintiff, who has only been identified by his surname Choi, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

In December last year the man filed for damages resulting from the abduction of the policeman father in September 1950 in Hapcheon, located about 350 kilometers (217 miles) south of Seoul.

This is the second time that South Korean citizens have won a lawsuit for damages against North Korea.

Last year, the court ordered Kim and his regime to pay 21 million won each to two former prisoners of war who were forced to work in coal mines and other facilities in the North for decades.

The two men, aged 87 and 90 years, managed to escape to China and return to South Korea two decades ago.

However, there is no legal way to force North Korea to comply with the South Korean courts’ rulings.

Around 100,000 South Koreans are believed to have been taken to the North against their will during the war between the two countries, which lasted between 1950-1953.

Of the more than 3,000 South Koreans who were abducted after the 1953 armistice, which formally ended the war, nearly 500 have been unable to return to South Korea. EFE-EPA


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