Large amnesty granted by Seoul government
Seoul — South Korea granted amnesty Monday to 5,221 government critics and minor criminals, the largest clemency in Korean history, to herald President Chun Doo Hwan's inauguration to a new, seven-year term. The amnesty affected 307 people involved in last year's Kwangju insurrection and a general sentenced in the assassination of the late President Park Chung Hee. But it did not include the nation's leading dissident, Kim Dae Jung, serving a life term for plotting to overthrow the government last year.
The act of clemency, which coincided with a call by London-based Amnesty International for an end to 10 years of torture, imprisonment, and other human rights violation against South Korean dissidents, will take e ffect March 3 when Chun is sworn in.