YESTERDAY was the inauguration of Kim Young Sam as president of South Korea. Government officials have promised an amnesty for criminal and political prisoners to mark this occasion. However, it has been reported North Korean sympathisers and prisoners accused of attempting to overthrow the government will not be included.
Group Four of Amnesty International in Hongkong is working on the case of a respected Korean dissident who was arrested in August 1992 and accused of spying for North Korea. Kim Nak Jung was reportedly arrested without a warrant and then held incommunicado for at least 10 days, physically abused and deprived of sleep.
On his inauguration as the first civilian president of South Korea it would seem appropriate for Kim Young Sam to act on this case and ensure a prompt and fair trial for Kim Nak Jung.
C. HOMFRAY Ap Lei Chau