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The Kobe District Court on Monday sentenced a former chairman of a pro-Pyongyang Korean credit cooperative association to three years in prison, suspended for four years, for breach of trust in connection with illegal loans in 1997 and 1998.

In handing down the ruling for Lee Jong Ho, 62, a former head of the Association of Credit Unions for Korean Residents in Japan, presiding Judge Kenji Sugimori described the crimes as malicious, but he mitigated his condemnation of Lee.

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