Top S. Korea lawyer sorry for state abuses

AFP-Jiji SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — South Korea’s top prosecutor apologized Tuesday over human rights abuses under past “authoritarian governments,” including the torture and execution of pro-democracy activists.

The powerful legal service has been criticized for decades for prosecuting political dissent or turning a blind eye to state abuses, particularly against dissidents and pro-democracy activists during army-backed rule.

“I offer my deepest apology to the people of South Korea,” said Moon Moo Il, who took office as prosecutor-general last month.

Moon cited prosecutions of democracy activists in the 1960s and 70s for supposedly forming a secret, pro-North Korea group to overthrow the South’s government under then-dictator Park Chung Hee.Speech

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