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KWON IN-SUK, KOREAN SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM, SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS´ IMPRISONMENT

Updated: December 09, 1986 05:00 PM GMT
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Kwon In-suk, the Puchon City detainee who had accused police of sexually abusing her during interrogation, was sentenced Dec. 4 to 18 months in prison for falsifying identification documents.

Because employers generally suspect university-trained persons seeking blue-collar work to be labor agitators, many such applicants do not indicate their higher education on their application forms.

Government prosecutors had sought a three-year jail term for her on grounds that she had shown no signs of repentance for her crime.

Public protests in July and August followed the government investigation which established that Kwon had been beaten on the breasts but concluded that no sexual abuse had taken place.

Small groups of supporters, including four Korean Catholic nuns and at least three Protestant ministers, chanted songs and slogans afterwards in the court and at the jail.

Kwon was defended by 166 lawyers, but this is not the largest battery of defense lawyers ever mustered for one case in South Korea.

Lee Tong-myon, Catholic Peace and Justice Commission chairman, who has been jailed for harboring a fugitive from justice, has had a larger defense panel -- 260 lawyers, according to one source, 283 according to another.

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