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Seoul arrests ex-top security official over border killing

Government says 2020 death was covered up in attempt to appease North

Former South Korean National Security Director Suh Hoon, center, arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on Dec. 2. South Korean prosecutors arrested him on Dec. 3. (Yonhap via AP)

SEOUL (AP) -- South Korea's former national security director was arrested Saturday over a suspected cover-up surrounding North Korea's killing of a South Korean fisheries official near the rivals' sea boundary in 2020.

Suh Hoon's arrest early Saturday came as President Yoon Suk Yeol's conservative government investigates his liberal predecessor's handling of that killing and another border incident the same year, cases that prompted criticism Seoul was desperately trying to appease the North to improve relations.

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