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2008/12/08 21:54 KST
Progressive union leader detained

   SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- The head of South Korea's leading umbrella labor union has been taken into custody on charges of organizing illicit strikes and protests over the resumption of U.S. beef imports, police said Monday.

Lee Suk-haing, the chairman of the progressive Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) who was captured Friday after months of flight, is suspected of spearheading illegal strikes three times between July 2-18 in protest of the beef imports. He is also accused of organizing a violent strike on Nov. 11 last year and spearheading the illegal occupation of outlets of the clothing manufacturer ELAND, then in a labor dispute, 116 times between June 12-Aug. 31.