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Kim v. North Korea – Findings of Fact Submitted

Kim v. North Korea – Findings of Fact Submitted

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Published by: Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center on Oct 14, 2013
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA---------------------------------------------------------------------XHAN KIM,
et al.,
Plaintiffs,-against-DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA,
et al.,
Defendants.---------------------------------------------------------------------XCivil Action No: 09-648 (RWR)
(REVISED) PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACTS AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
 NITSANA DARSHAN-LEITNER & CO. THE BERKMAN LAW OFFICE, LLC Nitsana Darshan-Leitner 
Counsel for Plaintiffs International co-counsel 
111 Livingston Street, Suite 192810 Hata’as Street Brooklyn, New York 11201Ramat Gan, 52512 Israel (718) 855-3627Fax: (718) 504-4943By: Robert J. Tolchin(D.C. Bar #NY0088)Meir Katz
 Pro hac vice (pending)
(D.C. Bar # 995431)
Case 1:09-cv-00648-RWR Document 52 Filed 02/01/13 Page 1 of 92
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS..............................................................................................................iINTRODUCTION........................................................................................................................1SUMMARY..................................................................................................................................3A. Capture..............................................................................................................................3B. Incarceration.....................................................................................................................4C. Extrajudicial Killing..........................................................................................................5D. Torture...............................................................................................................................7E. Liability...........................................................................................................................11FINDINGS OF FACT.................................................................................................................13A. Relevant Background......................................................................................................13B. The Abduction and Torture of Reverend Kim Dong Shik..............................................14C. South Korean Court Decision.........................................................................................19D. Declaration of Professor David Hawk............................................................................29E. Declaration and Supplemental Declaration of Ernest C. (Chuck) Downs......................35F. Declaration of Yoshikuni Yamamoto.............................................................................44G. Affidavits of Do Hee-Youn, Cho Bong II and Bae Jae Hyun........................................49H. Documentary Evidence...................................................................................................51CONCLUSIONS OF LAW........................................................................................................58A. The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, In General.......................................................58B. Extrajudicial Killing Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act..............................61C. Presumption of Killing Pursuant District of Columbia Law..........................................62D. Torture Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act...................................................64E. The Claimants are Nationals of the United States for the Purposes of thisLitigation...............................................................................................................................66F. North Korea is not Immune from this Action.................................................................68FINDINGS REGARDING LIABILITY.....................................................................................69COMPENSATORY DAMAGES...............................................................................................71
Case 1:09-cv-00648-RWR Document 52 Filed 02/01/13 Page 2 of 92
 
 
A. Yong Seok Kim...............................................................................................................77B. Han Kim..........................................................................................................................81PUNITIVE DAMAGES.............................................................................................................87CONCLUSION...........................................................................................................................88
Case 1:09-cv-00648-RWR Document 52 Filed 02/01/13 Page 3 of 92

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