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South Korea fishermen absolved of spying after imprisonment, torture

South Korea fishermen absolved of spying after imprisonment, torture

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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Three South Korean fishermen who were abducted to the North more than four decades ago have been absolved of espionage charges.Park Chun-hwan, 71, Oh Gyeong-tae and Heo Tae-geun were kidnapped in the '60s while fishing for drums, or croakers, South Korean newspaper Segye Ilbo reported Wednesday.After their release and return to the South, the three men were arrested on charges of spying for Pyongyang.The fishermen, residents of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, were imprisoned and physically tortured during the term of former South Korean dictator Park Chung Hee.Oh and Heo are being absolved of charges posthumously. Their surviving family members attended the retrial, according to the report.Park, who is still alive, was informed of the not guilty verdict in a recent retria...