Fugitive SKorean activist surrenders after temple standoff

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SEOUL: A fugitive South Korean labor leader surrendered Thursday to police who had besieged a major Buddhist temple in Seoul where he had sought sanctuary from arrest for the past month. After a negotiated settlement between police and Buddhist leaders, Han Sang-Gyun, the head of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), was allowed a choreographed exit from the Jogye Temple complex, surrounded by hundreds of uniformed police. Armed with a warrant for his arrest on charges of inciting violence during a protest on November 14, police had given him an ultimatum to surrender by 4:00 pm (0700 GMT) Wednesday. But that was postponed after the leader of the Jogye Order — South Korea’s leading Buddhist organization — appealed for more time to resolve the standoff.

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