Ex-spy master gets 3 years for election meddling

February 9, 2015 11:28 AM

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SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- Overturning a lower court ruling, a Seoul appellate court on Monday sentenced a former head of the state intelligence agency to three years in jail for intervening in the 2012 presidential election.

The Seoul High Court said Won Sei-hoon, who headed the National Intelligence Service (NIS) from 2009 to 2013, "willfully neglected" an online smear campaign carried out by his subordinates against the rival candidates of President Park Geun-hye, the then ruling party hopeful.

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