Korean lawmaker under probe over alleged armed revolt plot

Korean lawmaker under probe over alleged armed revolt plot

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea's National Intelligence Service on Wednesday raided the office and home of the Unified Progressive Party's Rep. Lee Seok-ki, and detained three of his associates on charges of laying out a preliminary plot for a revolt.

The arrested individuals are Hong Soon-seok, Han Dong-geun and Lee Sang-ho. Hong is the deputy chief of the UPP's Gyeonggi Province branch while Han had served as the chief of the party's Suwon office.

Lee Sang-ho is an adviser at a progressive group based in Gyeonggi Province.

The NIS also raided the homes and offices of six others involved in left-wing political and labour movements including those of former UPP spokesperson Woo Wi-young.

Homes and offices of the UPP's Gyeonggi Province branch chief Kim Hong-yeol and Korean Federation of labour Unions' Goyang-Paju office chief Lee Young-choon were among the 18 locations the NIS raided.

Goyang and Paju are cities located in northern Gyeonggi Province.

Lee is accused of violating the National Security Act and of involvement in forming a revolt plot, which allegedly included plans to take armed action.

Lee was not present at his office when the raid took place. Ahead of the raid, Lee's aides are alleged to have shredded documents of unknown content.

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