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Parliamentary inquiry into N. Korean deportation an option

By Choi Si-young
  • Published : Nov 12, 2019 - 18:07
  • Updated : Nov 12, 2019 - 18:10

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Tuesday said the parliament could open an investigation into what really happened when Seoul deported two North Korean fishermen last Thursday.

The South Korean Navy towing the North Korean wooden boat to the North in the East Sea, Nov. 8. (Yonhap)

“The committees -- intelligence, defense and foreign affairs -- will convene to find out what happened that day,” said Floor Leader Na Kyung-won of the Liberty Korea Party.

She noted, “If that’s not enough, we could consider a parliamentary investigation.”

Last Thursday, South Korea deported two North Korean fishermen who entered its waters on a fishing boat five days earlier.

Seoul said it sent the North Koreans back because it found they had killed 16 fellow crew members on their boat.

Civic groups question the veracity of the government’s claims, saying there was scarce evidence, while local media outlets have focused on the presence of relatively sophisticated equipment, including a laptop and cellphone, on a shabby fishing boat.

Seoul’s spy agency maintains the two deported North Koreans committed murder and destroyed evidence.

By Choi Si-young (siyoungchoi@heraldcorp.com)