Report: South Korea spy chief killed

May 26, 2005 at 9:48 PM
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SEOUL, May 26 (UPI) -- The former head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency was killed on the orders of his successor, it was reported Thursday.

A truth committee of the South Korean National Intelligence Service, or NIS, concluded that Kim Hyung-wook, who disappeared in October 1979, was killed on the orders of his successor Kim Jae-kyu, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper said.

The NIS committee looking into dark episodes in the agency's past revealed the allegation in an interim report on their probe into the ex-spy master's mysterious disappearance.

But the truth committee said Wednesday it has so far been unable to pin the ultimate blame on then President Park Chung-hee. The report said Park was "indignant at Kim Hyung-wook's anti-government activities and ordered them stopped."

The investigation found that the new KCIA director Kim Jae-kyu in late September 1979 ordered Lee Sang-yeol, the chargé d'affaires at the Korean Embassy in Paris and head of KCIA activities there, to kill the former spy master.

Lee put together a hit squad of KCIA operatives who kidnapped Kim and then killed him with a silenced pistol, the NIS committee said.

Kim Hyung-wook's body was dumped on the outskirts of Paris, the report said.

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