The South Korean Justice Ministry released Korean dissident poet Kim Ji Ha from Seoul's prison on Thursday (11 December).
SV EXTERIOR Family of released dissident Kim Ji Ha awaiting Kim's return
GV Car arriving and family rushing up, Kim gets out of car and is greeted (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Kim speaking to reporter in Korean
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Background: The South Korean Justice Ministry released Korean dissident poet Kim Ji Ha from Seoul's prison on Thursday (11 December). He had been imprisoned for five years and nine months. Seven other dissident leaders were also set free.
SYNOPSIS: Kim's family anxiously awaited the poet's release from jail. When Kim's car drove up outside his home, he saw his only son--born while Kim was in prison. It was the first time he'd seen his entire family as a free man in almost six years. Kim was originally sentenced to death, but the penalty was later commuted to life and then to 20 years in prison. His homecoming was emotional.
Kim later met briefly with newsmen. He said he was thankful to church leaders and others who had worked for his release. According to a South Korean government source, Kim was released for humanitarian reasons after appeals from, among others, former President Yun Po Sun and Catholic Bishop Daniel Tij.