WORLD : Bedlam Breaks Out at Seoul Trial

From Times wire services

Hundreds of police and security guards held back vengeful relatives today as a confessed North Korean agent went on trial for the bombing of a South Korean airliner that killed 115 people.

“I’m here to kill you!” shouted one person. “Bring back my husband!” another screamed at Kim Hyon Hui as security agents led her into the courtroom. She buried her face in her hands and sobbed as relatives of victims reduced the courtroom to bedlam, shouting insults and trying to get through a police cordon to attack her.

In January, 1988, she admitted on South Korean television that she planted a bomb disguised as a radio and liquor on the Boeing 707 in November, 1987, to disrupt last summer’s Olympic Games in Seoul. She also told the court today she had been a North Korean agent.