South Korea seeks 17-year jail term for attacker of US envoy

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Seoul, May 17 (IANs) South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday sought a 17-year prison term for a man who attacked US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert last year.

The prosecution sought the longer jail term at a Seoul court which heard the case wherein the South Korean man slashed the face and arm of the top US envoy to Seoul with a knife on March 5, 2015, Xinhua news agency reported.

Kim Ki-Jong, who is serving an imprisonment, was sentenced to 12 years in prison at the lower court for attacking Lippert in March last year.

Later, one and a half years of jail term was added as he assaulted a prison guard and a doctor.

Prosecutors asked the appeals court to convict him for the violation of the national security law, which the lower court acquitted him of.

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The prosecution said Kim committed the crime in sympathy with North Korean ideology, noting that his crime was premeditated given a fact that he prepared a knife in advance.

Kim’s lawyer insisted that he had no intention of homicide. He said it was accidental.



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