• Short Summary

    INTRO: A Seoul court is expected to deliver a verdict and pass sentence on Monday on former South Korean presidents Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae-woo on charges of treason, mutiny and corruption.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------ State prosecutors have demanded a sentence of death for Chun and life in jail for Roh.

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    INTRO: A Seoul court is expected to deliver a verdict and pass sentence on Monday on former South Korean presidents Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae-woo on charges of treason, mutiny and corruption.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------ State prosecutors have demanded a sentence of death for Chun and life in jail for Roh.

    Guilty verdicts are widely considered a foregone conclusion, but regardless of the sentencing the two former military generals are expected to be offered clemency by current president Kim Young-sam.

    A three-judge panel will also pass judgment on former military associates of Chun and Roh and senior officials who served during their administrations.

    Treason and mutiny charges stem from a 1979 coup that propelled then military general Chun to power and a massacre in 1980 in the southwestern city of Kwangju when troops crushed an uprising against martial law.

    Hundreds of civilians were killed according to official accounts, although survivors say the death toll was higher.

    Prosecutors tried to prove that military action that launched Chun's political career was illegal and sought to piece together the events that led to the Kwangju tragedy, which still haunts the nation.

    Chun defended his seizure of power by saying it prevented turmoil that would have invited attack from North Korea after the assassination of president Park Chung Hee.

    He denied giving the order to open fire to crack paratroopers who stormed Kwangju.

    Also in court will be a number of South Korea's top business tycoons, including the chairmen of the mighty Samsung and Daewoo groups, charged with buying business favours against payments to Chun and Roh.

    The businessmen have admitted to paying off the presidential Blue House, saying it was common practice at the time, but deny they received favours in return.

    Roh has confessed to amassing a 500 billion won (about 600 million United States dollars) slush fund in his 1988-93 term in office, while prosecutors allege Chun built a hidden fortune of 700 billion won (about 850 million United States dollars) during his 1980-88 tenure.


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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ZHV1L5ZG81R6DG2GFG163QR6
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ZHV1L5ZG81R6DG2GFG163QR6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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