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Appeal for Korean Internationalists

Following the appeal to the international working class launched to assist the 8 accused members of the Socialist Workers League of Korea in January (see side panel) we have received the following news of the outcome.

The judge sentenced as follows;

  1. Oh Se-cheol, Yang Hyo-sik, Yang Joon-seok and Choi Young-ik : imprisonment of 1 1/2 years, but conditional delay of imprisonment for 3 years for violation of National Security Law, and a fine of 500,000 won ($500)each for violation of Assembly-Demonstration Law.
  2. Park Joon-seon, Jeong Won-hyun, Nam-goong Won and Oh Min-gyu : imprisonment of 1 year, but conditional delay of imprisonment for 2 years for violation of National Security Law, and fine of 500,000 won each for violation of Assembly-Demonstration Law.

The meaning of the decision is as follows:

  1. The SWLK (Socialist Workers League of Korea) is judged to be an organization for propaganda and agitation for national disturbances, violating Article 7 of the National Security Law. It shows the political nature of Korean judicial branch, which is a part of state apparatus serving for the capitalist class.
  2. The conditional delay of imprisonment can be recognized as the result of Korean and international protest movement. The conditional respite for 3 years means that the imprisonment is suspended for 3 years on the condition of that there will be no other sentence for another crime, and after 3 years the validity of imprisonment sentence expires. But if there is another sentence during the next 3 years, imprisonment from this sentence will follow independently of any imprisonment for further convictions. So, the conditional respite of imprisonment is only a bit better than immediate imprisonment.
  3. We, the 8 accused will appeal this sentence to the high court.

We will live and act confidently as revolutionary socialists without regard to the political oppression of the Korean state apparatus.

Thank you to all socialists and workers in the world who supported the judicial struggle of Korean socialists.

Please transmit our gratitude to the comrades of the world.

Now the appeal is asking for money to help pay the fines (1000 won = $1) and legal costs of the accused comrades. Money can be sent via the ICT paypal account but it would be better if it was sent to the paypal account of Loren Goldner at lrgoldner@yahoo.com

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We will live and act confidently as revolutionary socialists without regard to the political oppression of the Korean state apparatus.

Thank you to all socialists and workers in the world who supported the judicial struggle of Korean socialists.

Please transmit our gratitude to the comrades of the world.

Good to know that justice has been served. They really deserved the punishment. That's what I like about Korean justice system.

Political oppression has been served. What's good about that? Does the Korean justice system include what goes on up North, where justice is meted out with even more savagery, fear and hate than in the South? One day the capitalist rulers of both Koreas will meet the justice of the working class. They really deserve this. They'll really get it. That's what I like about Revolutionary Internationalism. Justice for all!