Woo Byeong-woo, former chief of the Blue House, is sentenced to appeal today (4th), who was accused of condoning Gukjeong Nongdan at the time of the Park Geun-hye administration and conducting illegal inspections through the National Intelligence Service.

The Seoul High Court Criminal Division 2 will hold a sentence of appeal for former Chief Woo Woo this afternoon.

Former Chief Woo was handed over to trial in April 2017 on charges of failing to properly prevent Gukjeong Nongdan from the last regime and interfering with the work of former Special Inspector Lee Seok-soo.

The first trial court sentenced former chief Woo to two years and six months in prison, saying, "The concealment of the defendant has worsened the country's turmoil."

For the charges of inspecting the former special inspectorate, he was sentenced to 1 year and 6 months in prison in a separate trial.

At the appeal hearing, the two cases were merged into one trial and heard.

At a decision trial held last year, the prosecution sought 13 years in prison, saying, "Gukjeong Nongdan will be recorded as a painful history in democracy and rule of law in Korea."

For this, former chief Woo complained of innocence, saying, "Please peel off the shells of lies and fiction made up by the prosecutor and find the truth."

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