Updated August. 11, 2006 04:41
A North Korean defector, Lee (44), was booked without detention by the police on a charge of unlicensed sales of stimulants for enhancing sex drive. He defected to South Korea in 2000. His defection was a much talked about issue, since he was a guard of Kim Jong Il.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agencys section in charge of crimes of violence booked Lee and his wife on August 10 on a charge of violating the Food Sanitation Act.
They set up a plant in Songpa, Seoul in February 2005 and produced unlicensed aphrodisiacs by combining medicines made from cialis with herbs including a Chinese matrimony vine.
He ran a false advertisement about the stimulants. The advertisement claimed that Kim Jong Il benefited from the stimulants. He also made a false claim that his father and his grandfather were the physicians in charge of Kim Jong Il.
The stimulants were sold to blind people, most of them owner of massage centers, through Chae (50) and an herbal doctor, Lee (39), who were booked without detention.
They sold the stimulants at 300,000 won a box. The cost price is only 12,000 won. They sold a total of 1,750 boxes, grossing 525 million won.
The police said, Some who took the stimulants suffered from swelling and a fast pulse.
From 1978 for 10 years Lee served as a guard of Kim Jong Il and made the first attempt to defect from North Korea in 1994.
However, in China, a Korean who represented himself falsely as an official of what is now the National Intelligence Service sold him for 250,000 dollars to North Korea. Lee spent four years in the political prisoner camp of Yodeok.
In 1999, he was discharged from the camp and defected from North Korea again. In May 2000, he came to South Korea via China. In November 2002, he published a book titled, I was the guard of Kim Jong Il.