S. Korea lawmaker held over North plot

AFP-JIJI

South Korea’s spy agency has detained a leftist lawmaker accused of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea after the National Assembly voted to approve his arrest.

The National Intelligence Service took United Progressive Party legislator Lee Seok-ki away from his office Wednesday after a confrontation with his supporters. Police eventually stepped in to end the noisy standoff, which lasted for nearly an hour.

Lee will be held at a court at Suwon, just south of Seoul, which had issued a warrant for his detention, pending his formal arrest by state prosecutors.