The prosecution plans to seek extradition of a man in the United States who led the online campaign to raise doubt about the educational background of hip-hop singer Tablo.
The Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office said Thursday the manager of the anti-Tablo online community "We Request the Truth from Tablo" identified as Kim, 57, also known as his nickname "whatbecomes," must be extradited from the United States for investigation as he did not comply with the prosecution’s summons.
If the prosecution decides to pursue extradition, the Ministry of Justice will submit a request to the U.S. Embassy in Korea through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade so the Department of State will be alerted.
“The nature of Kim’s crime is serious as it caused enormous mental anguish to the victim by continuously circulating false information about the singer,” a prosecutor said.
Tablo, whose Korean name is Lee Sun-woong, graduated from Stanford University in California.
To contest this fact, Kim opened an Internet community on the largest portal site Naver, with a borrowed account from a friend in Korea and accused Tablo of fabricating his academic background. He and the online club also claimed that Tablo's self-promotion of passing the first stage of a CIA internship, having an IQ of 180 and other attributes were all lies.
The singer filed charges against 22 members of the spiteful community for spreading false information about him in August. The police investigated and cleared suspicions by confirming Tablo graduated from Stanford.
The police sent 14 of them in Korea to the prosecution and put four members living overseas on the wanted list last month.
Source: Kwon Mee-yoo @ The Korea Times
I hope they remember to mention in their request how much trouble the man 'caused for Stanford as I doubt US cares much about some rapper in Korea. :-\