SEOUL, Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum will be retried for his 1978 conviction of violating a draconian special decree under then-President Park Chung-hee, court sources said Wednesday.

The Seoul High Court late last month accepted the request that the prosecution made as part of its efforts to redress disputable past political cases.

Kim, then a Seoul National University student, was sentenced to one year in prison for protesting against the military-backed Park government in violation of Emergency Decree 9.

The decree was imposed in 1975 by the general-turned-president to oppress opposition politicians and pro-democracy activists. A number of protesters were imprisoned under Park's special decrees and acquitted decades later.

Prosecutors have asked the court to re-examine 145 similar cases to redress the state's mistreatment and abuse of human rights.

Source: Yonhap News Agency