The former director of the South Korean Intelligence Agency Kim Jae-Lyn, and seven other men have gone on trial in a martial law court on charges relating to the assassination of President Park Chung-Hee on October the 26th.
The former director of the South Korean Intelligence Agency Kim Jae-Lyn, and seven other men have gone on trial in a martial law court on charges relating to the assassination of President Park Chung-Hee on October the 26th. President Park was shot dead during a dinner at a South Korean Central Intelligency Agency restaurant.
SYNOPSIS: The eight defendants were led into the Martial Law Court with their hands bound to waist-bands. Those charged are Kim Jae-Kyu, the former Director of the South Korean Central Intelligence Agency ...President Park's Chief Secretary, Kim Kae-Won... and six lower ranked members of the Agency. Seven have been charged with attempting to overthrow the Government by killing Mr Park and five men from the presidential Security Force. They may face death sentences if convicted. The eighth man was accused of destroying evidence by burying underground weapons used in the killings. Armed military policemen guarded the defendants and the court.
This is President Park's Chief Secretary, 54-year-old Kim Kae-Won. He was arrested by the Army Security Command after the shooting. According the South Korea's Government, Mr Kim had been told of the plan to assassinate President Park.
The Government also claims he was told by the former Director of the Intelligence Agency that he intended to 'do it' during the dinner party -- the same night of the assassination. It is claimed that Mr Kim had received the statement in silence.
This is the man who allegedly made the statement...former KCIA Director kim Jae-Kyu. The 53-year-old former general is accused of plotting for nearly five months to assassinate the President. Mr Kim was arrested after he had later driven to Army headquarters The five generals hearing the case suspended the court after the defence lawyers argued the case should be heard by a civil court rather than by the military.
One lawyer later said the ruling might take one month to be decided.