Japan: Court summons Kim over repatriation program

Source: ABC News

“A Japanese court has summoned North Korea’s leader to face demands for compensation by several ethnic Korean residents of Japan who say they suffered human rights abuses in North Korea after joining a resettlement program there that promised a ‘paradise on Earth,’ a lawyer and plaintiff said Tuesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un isn’t expected to appear in court for the Oct. 14 hearing, but the judge’s decision to summon him is a rare instance in which a foreign leader was not granted sovereign immunity, said Kenji Fukuda, a lawyer representing the five plaintiffs. They are demanding 100 million yen ($900,000) each in compensation from North Korea for human rights violations they say they suffered under the resettlement program.” (09/07/21)