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World IN BRIEF : SOUTH KOREA : 3 Ex-Generals Held in 1980 Crackdown

January 19, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

Three retired South Korean army generals, all cronies of former President Chun Doo Hwan, were arrested on charges of involvement in a brutal army crackdown on a civil revolt in 1980. A prosecution official said a Seoul court issued arrest warrants for former army chief of staff Hwang Yung Si and generals-turned-politicians Lee Hak Bong and Yoo Hak Seong. All three were close aides to Chun at the time of the massacre in the city of Kwangju in May 1980. According to official figures, about 240 pro-democracy demonstrators were killed, although others say as many as 1,000 were slain.

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