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Prison term for ex-S Korea spy chief

A South Korean court on Wednesday sentenced the former head of the country's domestic spy agency to two years in prison for taking bribes.

SEOUL: A South Korean court on Wednesday sentenced the former head of the country's domestic spy agency to two years in prison for taking bribes.

Won Sei-hoon, who resigned in March last year after four years at the head of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), was convicted of accepting 160 million won ($150,000) in bribes from the former head of a construction company while in office.

"Heavy punishment is inevitable because the nature of the crime is severe," Seoul Central District Court judge Lee Bum-kyun said in pronouncing sentence Wednesday.

In a separate case, the 63-year-old spy chief faces charges of meddling in the 2012 presidential election by allegedly organising an online smear campaign against the opposition party candidate.

The court is scheduled to deliver a verdict for the second charge in February, court officials said.

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