Seoul prosecutors have arrested a South Korean accused of hunting North Korean refugees in China and sending them back to their communist homeland, a security official said Monday.Undoubtedly most of his victims ended being imprisoned, many probably tortured, and at least some killed. And if any of the latter can be directly shown as a result of Mr Kim's actions, put him on trial for murder, or at least voluntary manslaughter.
The man is also accused of collecting information on people helping the refugees as well as military data for the North, the official from the National Intelligence Service said.
The official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, confirmed the allegations against the suspect but gave no further details of the case.
Yonhap news agency quoted staff at the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office as saying the 55-year-old identified only as Kim was recruited by a North Korean agent while staying illegally in China in the late 1990s.
He reportedly visited Pyongyang in 2000 for spy training and was sent back to China as an agent searching for refugees.
Kim recently returned to South Korea after an accomplice was arrested by Chinese police and jailed. Prosecutors took him into custody upon arrival, Yonhap said.
Prosecutors and the intelligence service were reportedly expanding their probe to see if Kim had more accomplices involved in espionage.
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