Ssangyong occupier jailed

A union member from Ssangyong Motors involved in the strike and occupation of the plant against job losses was sentenced to one and a half years in prison on Friday.

Submitted by akai on October 18, 2009

The defendant, identified only by his surname Kim, was tried as one of the ringleaders of the occupation of the company's Pyeongtaek factory.

The Suwon District Court convicted Kim of incurring 2.29 billion won (1.96 million USD) in damages to the automaker and destroying 10 million won worth of office furniture.

The court also sentenced another Ssangyong union member to a one-year prison term, suspended for two years, for similar charges.