- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea — Yonhap news agency says that a Seoul court has given a 12-year prison term to a South Korean man who slashed and seriously injured the U.S. ambassador during a March forum.

Yonhap reports that the Seoul Central District Court sentenced Kim Ki-jong on Friday. Court officials couldn’t immediately confirm the report.

Kim slashed Mark Lippert during a breakfast forum in Seoul, leaving deep gashes on the envoy’s face and arm. Lippert was treated for five days at a Seoul hospital.
Kim has described himself as an anti-U.S. activist. He told police that his assault was meant to protest U.S.-South Korean military drills but that he didn’t intend to kill the ambassador.

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