It’s the primary civilian authorized case in South Korea relating to so-called “comfort women” who have been compelled into sexual slavery for Japanese troops throughout World War II. The unprecedented ruling is prone to spark ire in Japan.

A South Korean court docket ordered the Japanese authorities on Friday to compensate 12 victims who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II, in line with a number of media stories.

South Korean information company Yonhap and Japanese information company Kyodo first reported on the ruling.

The Seoul Central District Court dominated the victims and their households ought to obtain 100 million received ($91,000; €74,000) every.

“I am deeply moved by today’s ruling,” stated Kim Kang-won, the ladies’s lawyer. “It is the first such verdict for victims who suffered at the hand of Japanese troops.”

Lawyer Kim Kang-won after the ruling

Lawyer Kim Kang-won (c) was pleased with the result

Kim Dae-wol, from the House of Sharing which cares for victims, stated reparations weren’t crucial challenge.

“Rather, their wish is to have the Japanese government inform its citizens of the atrocities it committed,” stated Kim, reported information company AFP.

What occurred within the case?

The victims filed a petition for dispute settlement in August 2013, claiming they have been cheated or tricked into sexual slavery. The case was referred to a court docket in January 2016 as Japan didn’t formally reply to the court docket’s correspondence.

Only 5 of the 12 plaintiffs have been nonetheless alive for Friday’s ruling.

“Evidence, relevant materials and testimonies show that the victims suffered from extreme, unimaginable mental and physical pain due to the illegal acts by the accused. But no compensation has been made for their suffering,” stated the court docket in a verdict.

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