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Prosecutors ask for one and a half year prison term for Chun Doo-hwan

전두환 '5·18 결심공판'서 징역 16개월 구형

Prosecutors ask for one and a half year prison term for Chun Doo-hwan


Prosecutors have demanded a prison term for Chun Doo-hwan, who was put on trial for defaming the late Father Cho Cheol-hyeon in connection with the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Movement. Jongmin Kim Reports


Prosecutors demanded a 1 and a half year prison term for Chun Doo-hwan at the last court hearing held on the 5th, more than two years after he was indicted on charges of defaming an activist priest who documented a bloody crackdown by Chun's troops on pro-democracy demonstrators in Gwangju.


The Gwangju District Court said both the prosecutor and the defense lawyer had their closing arguments on the same day. The court is then expected to hand down the ruling at the end of the year at the earliest.


The 89-year-old, who led an authoritarian government from 1980-1988, was indicted in May 2018 for allegedly making slanderous statements in his controversial memoir toward the late activist priest Cho Chul-hyun, who had offered eyewitness accounts of the brutal crackdown.

In the memoir published in early 2017, Chun refuted earlier claims made by Cho, who had testified to witnessing the military shooting at citizens from helicopters during the Gwangju uprising. Chun has insisted that Cho lied, calling the late priest "Satan wearing a mask."

Prosecutors began an investigation into Chun's statements after a nephew of the late priest filed a complaint. Since his indictment in May 2018, Chun rejected court summons several times, citing health reasons.

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