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Pop Artist Fined for Lampooning President Park

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SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Central District Court upheld a previous ruling that imposed a fine on local pop artist Lee Byeong-ha for distributing leaflets ridiculing South Korean president Park Geun-hye. 

The 48-year-old artist, often known by his stage name Leeha, distributed a total of some 18,000 leaflets in Seoul and other major cities between 2014 and 2015. He was fined 2 million won ($1,700) by the court, which viewed his act as a misdemeanor. 

Another individual, a 38-year-old identified only as Han, was also ordered to pay 200,000 won for collaborating with Lee in May of last year. 

“The defendants said it was a fair expression of their political views, but considering the amount, the location and how the leaflets were spread, their actions cannot be justified,” the court said in the previous ruling. 


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