DMTN’s Daniel Chae made his first appearance before the Seoul High Court on Dec. 19 in the first in a series of appeals after spending two months into a one-year sentence in a South Korean prison for using and distributing marijuana.
Chae shed tears as he faced the judge with his family and close friends sitting in the courtroom, according to soompi.
“I spent the last two months in a cold and scary place crying and thinking about my family,” he said to the judge. “From now on, I will never break any laws and diligently live a life of faith. If you show me mercy, I will become a young man that is an asset to this country. Please forgive me.” Continue Reading »
Police in Australia charged a Korean citizen with the murder of Min-tae Kim, who was found in a shallow grave on Thursday, after he disappeared three days earlier on a money-changing errand.
The body of the 28-year-old Kim was recovered after blood was found around a shallow grave site in a residential area near Brisbane, Australia.
The Harvard student accused of making false bomb threats to avoid a final exam was released on $100,000 bond on Wednesday.
Eldo Kim will live with his sister in Boston or an uncle in North Carolina as a condition of his release. In addition, he cannot enter Harvard’s campus until the school and the court give him permission.
“He’s a very remorseful, shattered young man,” Ian Gold, Kim’s court-appointed attorney, told reporters outside the court. Continue Reading »
A 31-year-old legislative official was sentenced to eight months in jail on Nov. 22 for secretly filming a teenage girl urinating inside a restroom with his smartphone, reports Newsis.
The mid-ranking public official, only identified by his last name Oh, was charged with the violation of the Anti-Sexual Violence Special Act and received a two-year suspended sentence and 40 hours of sexual crime prevention education.
Police arrested Oh on the evening of May 30, after he was caught filming a 19-year-old urinating in a bathroom stall of a public restroom inside a building in the Yeongdeungpo District of Seoul. Oh has been working in the legislative survey department of the National Assembly.
A graduate of Korean National Police University, Oh was once touted as an accomplished student after passing all three of Korea’s civil service exams in the legislative, judiciary and executive branches, which require highly rigorous preparation. Continue Reading »
Filipino police arrested Cho Yang-eun, one of South Korea’s most wanted fugitives, on Tuesday for allegedly embezzling $2.5 million from a bank in Korea. The arrest came two years after the leader of one of Korea’s largest crime syndicates entered the Philippines, where he has lived in hiding for the past two years.
Cho, 63, is famous for founding the Yangeuni Family, one of South Korea’s biggest gangs, in the late 1970s. He famously masterminded the raid of Seoul’s Savoy Hotel to attack a rival gang. He was arrested and imprisoned in 1980.
After Cho was released in 1995, he promised to be a reformed man and devoted himself to Christianity. The South Korean media touted him as a man who transformed from a gangster to an exemplary religious devotee. The dramatic turn of his life was even recounted in a 1996 movie, titled “Boss.” Continue Reading »