South Korea has pronounced a sentence eks-the head of intelligence for interfering in elections

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A court in Seoul sentenced a former head of the South Korean intelligence service Won Se-Hoon, to four years in prison, finding him guilty of meddling in the 2012 presidential election, reports Yonhap news Agency.

Earlier it was reported that an internal investigation into the national intelligence service, South Korea showed that Agency staff under the personal direction Won Se-Hoon for a few days before the election, began to spread on the Internet posts and comments with criticism of the presidential candidate from the opposition, moon Jae-In and in support of his rival Park Geun-Hye, representing the ruling at the time of the party.

«The defendant ran a campaign for a particular candidate that is an obvious breach of the duty of public servants to remain neutral in politics» — reads the statement of the court.

The former head of intelligence was taken into custody in the courtroom immediately after the verdict. Protection representative Won Se-Hoon said that he intends to appeal the court’s decision.

In addition to the former Minister were convicted two officials of intelligence agencies. The court sentenced them each to two and a half years in prison.

After coming to power, the new President of South Korea, moon Jae-In promised to fight with the evil practice, the intervention of intelligence agencies in domestic politics. The first step for the leader is to create a special group for investigation of illegal actions of staff members in the past.

Moon Jae In became the President of South Korea on the basis of early elections in may that were held in connection with the fact that President Park Geun-Hye was dismissed by the state after the impeachment of the largest in the country’s history of corruption scandals. In 2012, moon Jae-In also acted as the opposition candidate in the presidential election, but was defeated, losing to Park Geun-Hye, approximately 3.5% of the vote.