South Korea to repatriate prisoners to North Korea

South Korea to repatriate prisoners to North Korea

[JURIST] The South Korean Unification Ministry [official website] on Tuesday announced plans to repatriate up to 28 North Korean prisoners that have remained detained in the south following the Korean War [BBC backgrounder]. The "long-term prisoners" are mostly former spies and soldiers captured while in the southern part of peninsula. The move has triggered outrage among some in the South who are angry that the repatriation will not require a similar release of prisoners held by North Korea [JURIST news archive]. The South Korean government has agreed to compensate families [JURIST report] of those kidnapped by the North. Officials said the list tentatively included 28 prisoners to be repatriated, although they predicted that some may change their minds about returning to the North as many did during similar proceedings in 2000. The Korean Times has more.