South Korean Man Indicted for Pro-North Tweets

A South Korean man has been indicted for sending pro-North Korean tweets and for retweeting content from the North Korean Twitter account.

The 54-year-old man, known only by his last name, Cho, is accused of publicly praising the North – a practice which is banned in South Korea.

According to Yonhap News, South Korean authorities said on Monday that this was the first indictment of its kind:

“This is the first time that the investigation discovered that social networking sites were used as means to spread contents benefiting enemies,” an official at the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office said.

Cho stands accused of posting more than 100 pro-North comments, links and video clips on his Twitter account as well as his personal blog. He reportedly used Twitter to praise the decision to transfer power from North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il to his son Kim Jong-un, condemn the South for provoking the North in the November Yeonpyeong island attack, and allege that the US and South Korea fabricated the sinking of a South Korean warship in March in order to blame it on North Korea.

He is also accused of retweeting content from the North Korea Twitter feed itself, access to which is banned in South Korea.

There is no word yet on Cho’s punishment for his pro-North Korea tweets.