S. Korea to Free 52 Dissidents in Amnesty

From Reuters

The South Korean government will free more than 1,000 prisoners, including dissidents, under an amnesty marking Monday’s anniversary of the founding of the Korean nation, officials said Saturday.

Lee Tae Bok, 38, a prominent activist who was sentenced in 1982 to 15 years in prison on charges he sought to turn South Korea into a Communist state, will be among those released, officials said.

The other prisoners to benefit from the clemency are common criminals and juvenile delinquents, they said.