Although the court requested that the North-South Economic and Cultural Cooperation Foundation (Gyeongmunhyup) remit about 800 million won of royalties for Chosun Central TV copyrights to North Korea, it was revealed that the Ministry of Unification made a non-disclosure statement. Chairman Kyung Moon-hyeop is President Lim Jong-seok’s special adviser for foreign affairs and security (former chief of staff at the Blue House).
According to the legal circles on the 3rd, the Seoul Eastern District Court, which is currently hearing a lawsuit for the collection of POWs, requested the Ministry of Unification to inquire the facts about the recipient and the remittance route of 790 million won in royalties sent from 2005 to 2008 by the Kyungmunhyup in April. did. In response, the Ministry of Unification said in a reply to the fact inquiry on the 13th of last month that it was not able to disclose the remittance route.
Lawyer Koo Choong-seo of the plaintiff said, “The Ministry of Unification (the content) is not going to give an answer because it is about unification.
He added, “The method of remittance of copyright fees to North Korea is not about unification, nor is it about the use of copyright fees,” he added.
An official from the Ministry of Unification met with reporters on the same day and explained, “We had to take into account the peculiarities of inter-Korean relations, so we answered in accordance with the Information Disclosure Act.” did.
He continued, “Some of the information requested requires consideration of the management information of the corporation (Gyeongmun Cooperative).”
Meanwhile, POWs Han and Nomo filed a claim for damages against North Korea and Chairman Kim Jong-un and won. During the Korean War, it was admitted that he was captured by the North Korean army and assigned to the Ministry of Home Affairs construction team for forced labor.
Accordingly, a collection order was issued against Gyeongmun Cooperative, which is depositing the royalties of Chosun Central TV with the court. However, when the Kyungmoon Association refused to do so, Han and others filed a lawsuit against the court in December of last year.
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