The police have booked Senior Superintendent Yoon, who was previously suspected of misusing his position to help cover up criminal activity in the ongoing chatroom controversy, as a suspect.
Senior Superintendent Yoon was previously suspected of being involved in the chatroom case regarding Seungri, Jung Joon Young, and other celebrities. He confirmed during his questioning on March 15 that he is an acquaintance of Yoo In Suk, the former CEO of Yuri Holdings and also a member of the chatroom. However, he denied that he misused his position to cover up criminal activity.
On March 18, Commissioner General Won Kyung Hwan of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency stated in a press conference, “We have reassigned Senior Superintendent Yoon to another station, and as of yesterday, we have also taken the same measures for three employees affiliated with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency who are under suspicion of corrupt ties.” He added, “We will take severe measures against anyone connected to the suspicions of corruption, regardless of their rank.”
The police are in the process of booking the three employees as well as Senior Superintendent Yoon. They will be charged with leaking official confidential information.
Lee Myung Kyo, head of the Investigation Department at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, stated, “We have obtained a testimony that [the witness] received a request from Senior Superintendent Yoon to ‘look into whether the police agency was informed of the issue we cracked down and whether it is worthy of such action.’ There are additional aspects we must verify, such as what information he conveyed, through whom he conveyed it, and how he conveyed it.”
The head also mentioned the police’s ongoing investigation about Seungri allegedly providing sexual escort services to foreign investors. He said, “It’s difficult to state the concrete details as of now, but we have obtained a testimony that holds significant meaning for the suspicions we have. We are currently looking into the additional suspicions that have been raised about being involved in prostitution abroad and gambling.”
Police book 40 individuals on drug-related crimes in clubs including Burning Sun’s CEO
40 individuals, including Burning Sun’s CEO Lee Moon Ho, have been booked for the distribution and usage of drugs.
On March 18, during the press conference at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, a source from the agency stated, “After the Burning Sun incident, we have booked 40 individuals [for drug-related charges]. Among them, we booked 14 Burning Sun employees and jailed three club MDs [merchandisers, also known as promoters]. There are 17 suspects involved in other clubs.”
It was also revealed that nine of these individuals were involved in the distribution of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a drug suspected of being used to rape women.
The source stated, “We have jailed the nine individuals who have not only used drugs, but also distributed them online. In CEO Lee’s case, we will question him as a suspect for distribution and usage of drugs on March 19 at 10:30 a.m.” Including his previous investigations under various divisions, this will be his fifth investigation with the police.
Previously, Lee Moon Ho shared his side of the Burning Sun assault case in an interview. He denied being investigated by the police in the past for the use of illegal drugs, and contested his positive drug test results. He then explained his connection to Club Arena, the club involved in the chatroom controversy, and said that Club Arena and Burning Sun were not related. Additionally, he denied the use of GHB at Burning Sun.
Military Manpower Association to amend law to prevent suspects from escaping to army + Seungri submits request to delay enlistment
Seungri has officially requested to postpone his military enlistment, and the Military Manpower Administration plans to make an amendment to the law to prevent people from enlisting as a way of escaping from unfavorable situations in life.
On the morning of March 18, at the plenary session of the National Defense Committee, Commissioner Ki Chan Soo of the Military Manpower Administration responded to a question about what would happen if Seungri does not request to delay his enlistment. The session was held before Seungri submitted the request.
He stated, “The National Defense Committee does not have the legal power to postpone his enlistment. Using this case as a lesson, we are planning to make an amendment to the law to allow the Military Manpower Administration to postpone one’s enlistment if one causes a societal uproar, enlists for the purpose of escaping from reality, or if there is a request from an investigative authority to delay the enlistment. We are sorry that we did not come up with such measures despite having had similar cases in the past. Following this incident, we will make sure to revise the law.”
Jung Kyung Doo, the Minister of National Defense, stated, “[Currently], If one is indicted by the prosecution, there are legal grounds to delay their enlistment, but because [that is not the case], we cannot [postpone Seungri’s enlistment]. [If he enlists], we will cooperate with the police to allow for a thorough investigation that abides by the law.”
Previously on March 15, Seungri announced his plans to postpone his enlistment. On the afternoon of March 18, his lawyer Son Byung Ho confirmed, “Seungri submitted a request to delay his enlistment today. We are hoping the Military Manpower Administration will grant the request.”
Meanwhile, the Center for Military Human Rights Korea is pressing for the postponement of Seungri’s enlistment. They stated, “When a case that involves several people is investigated by two entities (the military and the police), it becomes more difficult for the investigation to be handled properly. Because Seungri will stand trial alone at a military court, it is hard to ensure that the decision made will be consistent with those of the other suspects. The military service is not a prison sentence. It is an insult to the nation’s soldiers who are serving their country to consider enlistment as a means of self-reflection and atonement.”
President Moon Jae In orders thorough investigations on cases of Jang Ja Yeon, Burning Sun club and more
On March 18, South Korean President Moon Jae In received reports of the cases regarding the late actress Jang Ja Yeon, former Vice-minister of Ministry of Justice Kim Hak Eui, and the club Burning Sun. The president responded by ordering a thorough investigation to be performed on all three cases.
President Moon Jae In began, “There are cases that show extremely strong suspicions in the eyes of our citizens, but the truths haven’t been discovered for a long time, and [the truth for] some of them were even concealed.”
The president acknowledged the fact that the cases all happened within the privileged class, and there are suspicions that investigative organizations such as the prosecution and the police deliberately performed weak investigations to protect the suspects and conceal the truth in the past.
He continued, “If we fail to clarify the truth behind the cases that occurred within the privileged class, we will not be able to talk of a righteous society.”
Regarding the allegations of high-rank officers using their power to protect the suspects in various cases, the president said, “These cases may have happened in the past, but keep in mind that revealing the truth and exposing embarrassing facts [about themselves] in order to be reborn as trustworthy investigative agencies is a mission that needs to be carried out with responsibility by the current leaders of the prosecution and the police.”
He added, “The prosecution and the police will not be able to restore their fairness and public’s confidence in them as inspection agencies if they fail to reflect on their past of being powerless regarding the cases involving influential people, as well as clearly revealing the truth behind suspicions of deliberately performing weak investigation to protect and conceal [the truth from coming out].”
The president also mentioned the cases regarding clubs in the Gangnam District. He called out for a thorough investigation to be performed on the allegations of the club owners using illegal methods of running the establishments, such as providing drugs and sexual favors to their customers, as well as receiving special treatment from authoritative organizations.
The president continued by saying that while these particular cases happened in the past administration, there is a possibility that crimes with similar patterns may have happened during the current administration. Therefore, he mentioned the need for a thorough investigation and questioning that punish all people regardless of their social standing.
President Moon Jae In concluded by addressing the key point of the cases. He said,” The key point is to discover the tangible truth behind the cases and the suspicions of special treatment given by investigative organizations such as the prosecution, the police, and the National Tax Service.”
“The powerful people with connections were able to hide the truth and receive acquittal for the illegal activities and crimes they committed, while powerless citizens who were unfairly victimized had to tremble in fear without the protection of the law,” continued President Moon Jae In.
“I emphasize once again that if we are unable to straighten out [the truth], we will never be able to talk of a righteous society. I ask that the Minister of Justice and the Minister of National Security take responsibility to reveal the truth and clarify each and every suspicion that was raised about the various cases.”
Sources: Naver (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) via Soompi (1, 2, 3, 4)
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