- The Washington Times - Friday, December 21, 2001

Seoul spy unit admits covering up murder
SEOUL South Korea's spy agency has admitted to covering up a 1987 murder, saying that for almost 15 years its agents protected a man who killed his wife in Hong Kong and tried to flee to North Korea, prosecutors say.
Lee Mu-young, a former police chief, and Kim Seung-il, a former counterintelligence chief for the National Intelligence Service, were indicted on Wednesday. The case further sullied the reputation of the intelligence agency, accused of suppressing political dissent and violating human rights under former military-backed dictators.
Yoon Tae-shik, now 51, killed his wife, Kim Ock-boon, while living in Hong Kong in 1987, prosecutors said. He fled to Singapore and tried to defect to North Korea, which rejected him. Next he went to South Korean diplomats and said his wife was a North Korean spy who tried to help communist agents kidnap him.
South Korean diplomats reported their suspicion that Mr. Yoon lied.

Vietnam, China set border demarcation
HANOI Vietnam and China are to begin demarcation of their border before the end of the month, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry announced yesterday.
Spokeswoman Phan Thuy Thanh told reporters that a ceremony marking the start of border demarcation would take place in late December at Mong Cai, Quang Ninh province, in northeastern Vietnam.
"Vietnam and China will erect border markers the length of the frontier next year," she said. The two countries, which fought a brief border war in 1979 following Vietnam's invasion of Cambodia, share a 700-mile border.

Cambodia, Australi act against smugglers
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia In separate moves against human traffickers, a court in Cambodia ordered the deportations of four foreigners, and Australian authorities said they would request the extradition of a Pakistani man arrested in Thailand on suspicion of organizing the smuggling of 400 illegal immigrants to Australia.
In Cambodia, a municipal court ordered on Wednesday the deportations of four men who reportedly tried to transport a boatload of 253 asylum seekers to Australia and New Zealand. They were arrested in July after a ship illegally carrying Afghans, Pakistanis, Iraqis and Indonesians was intercepted by police off the coast near Sihanoukville.

Weekly notes
Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar visited the Philippines yesterday to explore a deal regarding the fate of Nur Misuari, amid signs the captured Filipino Muslim rebel leader soon could be on a plane to Libya. Mr. Misuari is in detention in Malaysia after entering the country illegally when a short-lived revolt by his supporters on the southern Philippine island of Jolo was put down last month. Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri may recommend that corruption charges against ailing ex-dictator Suharto be dropped on humanitarian grounds, a senior Cabinet minister said yesterday. Gen. Suharto, 80, spent his fourth day in a hospital suffering from pneumonia. Doctors said he was weak and still in critical condition.

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