U.S. Court Awards Family of Pastor $330 Million Default Judgment against North Korea

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Author: 

Bruce Zagaris

Date Published: 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Volume: 

31

Issue: 

4

Subject Areas: 

Administration of Justice
Court Conviction
Criminal Procedure/Proceedings
Human Rights
Kidnaping
Sentencing
Victims Compensation

Geographic Identifier: 

China
North Korea
South Korea
United States

Abstract: 

On April 9, 2015, Judge Richard W. Roberts, U.S. District Court District of Columbia ordered North Korea to pay $15 million in compensatory damages and $300 million in punitive damages each to the immediate family of Kim Dong-shik, a South Korean pastor with permanent resident status in the United States.  Fifteen years ago he was abducted in northeastern China.  Yong-seok Kim, the brother of Kim Dong-shik, and Han Kim, the son of Kim Dong-shim.