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KAL 858_ Bomber Case to Be Sent to Prosecutor

KAL 858_ Bomber Case to Be Sent to Prosecutor

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Published by Michael Best
These documents concern the crash of Korean Air Flight (KAL) 858 on November 29, 1987. KAL was exploded in mid-air by a time bomb planted by North Korean Agents. All 104 passengers and 11 crewmembers were killed. Included are documents on the investigation into the crash; the arrest and trial of Ms. Kim Hyon-Hui who admitted the terrorist act; and the response by South Korea, the United States, and the International Community.
These documents concern the crash of Korean Air Flight (KAL) 858 on November 29, 1987. KAL was exploded in mid-air by a time bomb planted by North Korean Agents. All 104 passengers and 11 crewmembers were killed. Included are documents on the investigation into the crash; the arrest and trial of Ms. Kim Hyon-Hui who admitted the terrorist act; and the response by South Korea, the United States, and the International Community.

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Published by: Michael Best on Aug 22, 2012
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AMEMBASSY TOKYOAMEMBASSY MOSCOW
CONFIDENTIALSEOUL 14045
E.O. 12356: DECL: OADRTAGS: PINS, PTER, KN, KS
SUBJECT: KAL 858 BOMBER CASE TO BE SENT TO PROSECUTOR
1.
(U) THE KOREAN PRESS REPORTED ON NOV. 20 THAT THE CASEOF CONFESSED KAL-858 BOMBER KIM HYON-HUI WILL BE GIVEN TO
THE PROSECUTION FOR ACTION IN THE COMING WEEK. THE
ARTICLES SAID KIM WILL PROBABLY NOT BE TRIED OR EVENINDICTED -- DESPITE DEMANDS FROM FAMILIES OF THE 115VICTIMS -- BECAUSE SHE COOPERATED FULLY WITH THE BOMBINGINVESTIGATION AND BECAUSE OF CONCERNS FOR HER SAFETY IF
SHE WERE TRIED. THE PRESS NOTED THAT THE ROKG HAD PLANNED
TRIAL WHICH WOULD RESULT IN A SUSPENDED SENTENCE ANDRELEASE, BUT RECONSIDERED OUT OF CONCERN FOR HER SAFETY.
2.
(U) WHEN SHE CONFESSED PUBLICLY IN JANUARY, A NUMBEROF EDITORIALS COMMENTED THAT SHE SHOULD BE PARDONED,BECAUSE SHE HAD COOPERATED WITH THE ROKG AND BECAUSE SHECOMMITTED THE CRIME AS A RESULT OF THE NORTH KOREAN
SYSTEM. HOWEVER, EARLIER THIS FALL SOME OPPOSITION
ASSEMBLYMEN CALLED FOR PROMPT LEGAL ACTION AGAINST KIM.CONFIDENTIALCONFIDENTIAL
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(U) UNDER ARTICLE 20 OF THE ROK NATIONAL SECURITY LAWMANY IF NOT ALL CONFESSED NORTH KOREAN AGENTS HAVE BEENEXEMPTED FROM INDICTMENT AFTER DECLARING ALLEGIANCE TO THE
UNTIED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
REVIEW AUTHORITY: SAMUEL V SMITH
DATE/CASE ID: 13 AUG 2009 200807065
UNCLASSIFIED
CONFIDENTIAL

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