A South Korean court has sent 68-year-old Lee Jun-sop to prison for 14 months for his 2016 poem glorifying the DPRK, the Korea Herald website reported. In the same year, he won a literary prize in North Korea with his poem. He is a supporter of the unification of the Korean Peninsula under the rule of the North Korean regime.
In a poem titled Means of Unification, he wrote that when the Korean Peninsula is unified under the communist regime of Pyongyang, the people will have free housing, healthcare and education. He also wrote in it that there are fewer suicides in the DPRK and fewer people struggling with debts.
The court punished him under South Korea’s national security law, which prohibits glorification of its northern neighbor. He accused Lee of “repeatedly spreading propaganda glorifying the DPRK.” The author has also been imprisoned for a similar offense in the past. He then spent 10 months in prison, the BBC reported.
He also publicly glorified the North Korean military on social media in 2013, and repeatedly shared anti-state content on South Korean websites and social media in the following years.