Kim Jong-Un‘s aunt is suing three North Korean defectors after they accused her of having plastic surgery and managing a secret fund of cash for the scretive state’s former leader, Kim Jong-Il.
Ko Yong-Suk, who looked after Kim for years when he was at school in Switzerland, said the three defectors, who escaped the North and settled in South Korea in the 1990s, 광주 성형외과 were guilty of repeatedly ‘spreading false information’ about her and her family.
Ko claimed asylum in the United States in 1998 with her husband, and the suit was filed on her behalf by her Seoul-based lawyer, Kang Yong-Seok.
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Ko Yong-Suk is the maternal aunt of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, but defected to the United States in 1998.
She has launched a lawsuit against three other defectors for ‘spreading false information’
The younger sister of Kim’s mother, 광주 성형외과 who died in France in 2004, Ko is seeking a total of 60 million won ($51,900) for remarks the defectors made on South Korean TV talk shows between 2013 and 2014.
Kang said the defamation allegations covered claims that Ko once managed a secret fund for Kim’s late father, Kim Jong-Il.
They also claimed her father collaborated during Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule over the Korean peninsula and that she had plastic surgery after defecting to the U.S..
‘The defectors made groundless remarks without really knowing about her life,’ the lawyer said.
However, one of the defendants, An Chan-il, who fled to South Korea in 1979 and now heads a private-think tank on North Korea, said he had merely repeated what had been reported in media.
He added he and one of the other defendants planned to file a counter-suit for libel.
The claims included that Ko once managed a secret fund for Kim’s late father, Kim Jong-Il, her father collaborated during Japan’s colonial rule over the Korean peninsula and that she had plastic surgery.
Pictured: Jong-un gives guidance to workers in a shoe factory in North Korea
Kang said it was unclear if Ko would attend any future court hearing.
‘I’m not 100 percent sure, but her husband indicated she could come,’ he said.
Ko’s husband visited Seoul on Monday to sign a power of attorney and returned to the United States the day after.
The three defectors named in the suit include a former North Korean agent, the son-in-law of a former North Korean prime minister and an ex-diplomat.