Oct 122009
 October 12, 2009  Posted by  Govt, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Bae Hyun-jung reports:

Family members of those who violated the law on assembly and demonstration have their personal information recorded in the police database, without their knowing, said a lawmaker.

“The police, in trials involving the candlelight vigil participants, submitted as evidence the past criminal records of their family members who were not involved in the assembly,” said Rep. Choe Kyoo-sik of the main opposition Democratic Party on Sunday.

Such investigation methods correspond to the involvement system, which is banned by the Constitution, the lawmaker said.

Investigators may at any time refer to the database, which shows whether any family member has ever been arrested, indicted, convicted, or even just suspected of violating the assembly law, he said.

Read more in The Korea Herald.

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