Prosecutors in Seoul have launched an investigation into Kim Jong Un’s sister over Pyongyang’s move to blow up a liaison office last month, officials said Thursday.
Seoul Central District prosecutors received a criminal complaint against Kim Yo Jong from a Seoul-based lawyer and started the probe, a spokewoman told Agence France-Presse.
The news will likely infuriate North Korea, which has repeatedly condemned the South in recent months, including directing personal insults at President Moon Jae-in.
Pyongyang blew up a joint liasion office on its side of the border last month shortly after Kim Yo Jong — one of her brother’s closest advisers — warned that the “useless” property would soon be “completely collapsed.”
Demolition of the office was ordered by Kim Jong Un, who was reportedly furious over the “dirty, insulting” depictions of his wife in an anti-Pyongyang leaflet campaign initiated by defectors in South Korea.
Lee Kyung-jae, the lawyer who filed the complaint, said the liaison office was South Korean property because it was renovated using the South’s government funds — despite being located in North Korea.
Kim “used explosives to destroy” the South’s “quasi-diplomatic mission building that served the public interest,” the complaint said.
Lee also filed the complaint against Pak Jong Chon, chief of the general staff of the North Korean military.
The lawyer said damaging property or disturbing the peace using explosives was punishable by a prison sentence of at least seven years — or death — under South Korea’s criminal code.
Source: Newzandar News
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