S. Korea spy chief sentenced to 3 years in prison

SEOUL - South Korea's former spy chief has been sentenced to three years in jail for trying to influence the results of the 2012 presidential election.

Won Sei-hoon, who headed the National Intelligence Service (NIS) until 2013, was found guilty of violating election laws.

He was convicted of directing NIS agents to conduct an online smear campaign against the rivals of current President, Park Guen-hye.

Won was immediately taken into custody.

Under South Korean law, NIS agents are required to remain politically neutral.

Won ordered NIS agents to post messages and tweets online in support of Ms Park, who went on to narrowly win the election in 2012.

Some of the messages also ridiculed her rivals, saying they were "servants" of North Korea.

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