??? JULY 17, REUTER -- THE SOUTH KOREA GOVERNMENT ??? ??? DISSIDENTS TODAY BUT LEFT?
Film consists of (a) 46ft cut story and (b) 100ft offcuts with one or two usable and better shots.
Also quarter-inch tape with natural sound (Korean) for interview.
Presbyterian church in seoul: released Minister Yoon Banung enters church with wife; Yoon takes part in church service; (later) Yoon gives news conference at his house.
Notes: The tape contains the substance of the news conference during which Yoon says that about a week ago the prison guards came to him and said that he might be released in a few days' time if he was wiling to sign a certain paper. Yoon did not indicate what was in the paper, but it is assumed that it contained a promise to be of good behaviour and not to oppose the Government openly. Newsmen said that Yoon looked worn and tired after having served part of his three-year sentence.
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Background: ??? JULY 17, REUTER -- THE SOUTH KOREA GOVERNMENT ??? ??? DISSIDENTS TODAY BUT LEFT THE NATION GUESSING WHETHER ITS BEST KNOWN PRISONER, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE KIM DAE-JUNG WOULD BE RELEASED.
PROSECUTOR-GENERAL ON TACK-KEUN SAIB THE 14 WERE FREED BECAUSE THEY HAD BEHAVED THEMSELVES AND SHOWN SIGNS OF REPENTANCE. NONE WAS WELL-KNOWN. THEY HAD BEEN SERVING SENTENCES RANGING FROM ONE TO THREE YEARS.
THE SOUTH KOREAN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS LAW EMPOWERS THE PROSECUTION TO SUSPEND, WITHOUT COURT APPROVAL, JAIL TERMS BEING SERVED. THE PROSECUTOR SAID MORE PRISONERS MIGHT BE RELEASED IN FUTURE.
POLITICAL OBSERVERS SAID THE GOVERNMENT ACTION TODAY MIGHT BE THE BEGINNING OF A PHASED RELEASE OF DISSIDENTS JAILED UNDER A 26-MONTH OLD PRESIDENTIAL EMERGENCY DECREE.
THE OBSERVERS ADDED THAT THE PROCESS MIGHT CONTINUE TILL THE END OF THE YEAR, BARRING FRESH OUTBURSTS OF PROTESTS. THE NEXT GROUP MAY BE FREED ON INDEPENDENCE DAY, AUGUST 15, THEY SAID, ABOUT 170 PEOPLE HERE CONVICTED OR ARE STANDING TRIAL UNDER THE DECREE.
THE MAIN OPPOSITION GROUP, THE NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WELCOMED THE PROSECUTION ACTION AND SAID 17 HOPED THAT ALL DISSIDENTS WOULD BE FREED AND - DEMOCRATIC FIGURES - WOULD NOT BE OPPRESSED.
THOSE RELEASED TODAY INCLUDED SIX STUDENTS, PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER YOON BAN-UNG AND CATHOLIC PRIEST SHIN HYUN-BONG WHO WERE SERVING THREE-YEAR JAIL TERMS EACH.
MR. KIN ORE-JUNG, A CLOSE RIVAL OF MR. PARK IN THE 1971 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, IS SERVING A FIVE-YEAR TERM IN A JAIL AT CHINJU CITY, SOUTHERN KOREA.