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South Korean man who attacked US ambassador is jailed for 12 years

- BBC, Seoul

A South Korean man who stabbed the US ambassador has been jailed for 12 years for attempted murder.

Kim Ki-jong, 56, attacked Mark Lippert at a breakfast function in a Seoul hotel on 5 March - the ambassador needed 80 stitches in his face and hand and was left scarred.

Kim, a known Korean nationalist, had made multiple visits to North Korea.
He said he was protesting against joint South Korean-US military drills but did not intend to kill Mr Lippert.

The prosecution, however, argued the force of the attack was so great that it might well have been fatal. They had sought a 15-year prison term.

 

Published: 2015-09-11 13:05:25