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South Korean man given 12 years for slashing US ambassador

Published 11/09/2015

Mark Lippert was slashed by a man who said he was protesting against US-South Korean military drills (AP)
Mark Lippert was slashed by a man who said he was protesting against US-South Korean military drills (AP)

A Seoul court has handed a 12-year prison term to a South Korean man who slashed and seriously injured the US ambassador.

Kim Ki-jong has been sentenced at Seoul Central District Court, according to reports.

Kim slashed Mark Lippert during a Seoul breakfast forum in March, leaving deep gashes on the envoy's face and arm. Mr Lippert was treated for five days at a Seoul hospital.

Kim has described himself as an anti-US activist. He told police that his assault was a protest over US-South Korean military drills, but that he had no intention of killing the ambassador.

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