17 Oct '11, 6am

S.Korean woman gets $5 compensation over brother's death in Korean War, but officials say they were bound by old law

S.Korean woman gets $5 compensation over brother's death in Korean War, but officials say they were bound by old law

A South Korean woman has been offered a little over US$4 (S$5) in government compensation for the death of her brother during the 1950-53 Korean War, embarrassing officials who say they were bound by an out-dated law. -- PHOTO: INTERNET SEOUL (REUTERS) - A South Korean woman has been offered a little over US$4 (S$5) in government compensation for the death of her brother during the 1950-53 Korean War, embarrassing officials who say they were bound by an out-dated law. The woman was two years old when her brother was killed in combat in 1950, but never knew of his existence until told of his death by a neighbour, local media reported, adding the children's mother has suffered from dementia. The family had not received any compensation until April when the soldier's sister was awarded 5,000 won (S$5.50) under a law in effect during the war. The presidential Anti-Corruption a...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STISt...

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