Rights group: South Korea abusing security law

AP News
Posted: Nov 28, 2012 4:13 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Amnesty International says South Korea has ramped up its questioning of citizens for alleged violations of a controversial security law.

Amnesty says it's particularly troubled over a vaguely worded section of the National Security Law that can subject a person to up to seven years in prison for praising rival North Korea.

The rights group said Wednesday that there's been a nearly 100 percent rise in the number of people grilled over the law in the last four years. It cites South Korean prosecutors.

The warning comes a week after a South Korean court sentenced a 24-year-old man to a suspended 10-month prison term for retweeting North Korean propaganda posts.

South Korean prosecutors did not immediately respond to a request to comment.