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(LEAD) Korean-American faces summons over alleged pro-NK comments

2014/12/12 16:46

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- A Korean-American woman will be summoned later this week to face questioning by police for allegedly making pro-North Korean remarks during a series of on-stage talk shows, police said Friday.

Shin Eun-mi, 53, who has been temporarily banned from leaving the country during the investigation into the case, will appear before the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) in central Seoul at 3 p.m. Sunday, they said.

The move comes after local conservative civic groups filed a complaint against Shin and Hwang Sun, the former deputy spokeswoman of the now-defunct Democratic Labor Party, with the police.

The two women allegedly made remarks sympathetic toward the communist regime and painted the North Korean regime in a positive light.

Shin, who published a book on North Korea, claims that she had not made any pro-Pyongyang remarks but just expressed her hope for a unified Korea during the shows.

Since then, the SMPA has reportedly been internally looking into whether the remarks by the female duo ran against South Korea's draconian National Security Law that bans any "anti-state" activities attempting to praise, encourage or propagandize North Korean political ideals.

The SMPA said it also plans to summon Hwang soon for questioning after looking into seized documents from her home and the office of a talk show organizer.

Separately, Hwang is also being investigated for allegedly making remarks praising the communist regime on an Internet talk show and joining a pro-Pyongyang group, said SMPA officials.