South Korea: Admission Of Torture

Admission Of Torture

, This time the evidence was too overwhelming to ignore. The South Korean government has long denied it was treating political detainees brutally, but last week officials admitted to one serious case. They revealed that Park Jong Chul, 21, a Seoul National University student, had suffocated to death during water torture by police as they questioned him. The surprisingly candid disclosure followed well-publicized accusations by the doctor who had been called in to revive the youth and by Park's relatives, who had seen wounds on the body.

Park's reputed killers were arrested, and President Chun Doo Hwan dismissed the director general...

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