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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 20th, 2012 at 7:22 am

South Korean Court Gives Heavy Sentence To Chinese Fisherman Who Murdered Coast Guard Officer

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Via a reader tip comes news that a Chinese fisherman that murdered a Korean coast guard officer has been sentenced:

A South Korean court on Thursday sentenced the captain of a Chinese fishing boat to 30 years in prison for murdering a South Korean coast guard officer during a confrontation in the Yellow Sea last year.

The court in the port of Incheon also handed down prison terms to several other crew members of the Chinese vessel, which the South Korean coast guard officials boarded on December 12 because they suspected it of fishing illegally.

The skipper of the fishing boat, Cheng Dawei, was convicted of stabbing the coast guard officer, Lee Cheng-ho, several times with a knife. Lee later died of his injuries and another coast guard official was wounded in the encounter.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Cheng, 43, but the court chose to give him a lengthy prison term and a fine of 20 million won, or about $17,500.

Nine other Chinese sailors received sentences of one and a half to five years for their roles in the clash, according to Judge Rho Jong-chan, a spokesman for the court.

Liu Weimin, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Thursday that China and South Korea had not agreed upon the demarcation of exclusive economic zones in the Yellow Sea. As a result, he said, China “does not accept” South Korea’s application of its law to reach “such a verdict.”

Speaking at a regular news conference, Liu said China would continue to follow the case closely and “provide necessary assistance to the Chinese citizens concerned to protect their legitimate rights and interests.” ¬†[CNN]

So basically the Chinese position is that their fishermen have the right to attack and murder Korean coast guard personnel and violate Korean territorial waters.  This puts their thinking in line with Chinese netizens that think the same thing.

What will be interesting to see is whether or not the Korean government allows these fishermen to go free after the Korean media and public is no longer paying attention due to Chinese pressure?

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  • Dennis
    7:44 pm on April 20th, 2012 1

    wasn’t the fishing captain simply defending himself from the Koreans who had boarded his ship and were breaking into the wheelhouse/attacking him??

  • Hamilton
    11:05 pm on April 20th, 2012 2

    Dennis that’s brilliant!

    Next time I break into my neighbors house, if he tries to stop me from stealing his money I’ll stab him to death in self defense.

  • Celarion
    4:46 pm on April 21st, 2012 3

    The Chinese hate the South Koreans…and what is more, many people are saying things like, “Kill Obama!” on their video sites. China is not Seoul or Washington’s friend.

  • Dennis
    2:59 am on April 22nd, 2012 4

    but didn’t the Chinese deny being in Korea’s waters??

  • Hamilton
    8:38 pm on April 22nd, 2012 5

    Yes, China claims pretty much the entire Yellow Sea in contradiction to international law, standards or historical practice. Hence their continued occupation of Inner Mongolia, Tibet, the Spratley Islands, Baekdu-san and coming soon Taiwan.

    So, for an analogy I just walk into your house and help myself to your stuff since I don’t accept your silly laws on economic zones and when you try to hold me I kill you! I see a lot of stuff I no longer have to pay for and a lot of dead people in my future! :roll:

    Or, when stopped by the coast guard/police/neighbor you stop and let your government work it out in court vice killing people just doing their job.

  • Dreamboat Annie
    2:24 am on April 23rd, 2012 6

    Yet Koreans claim China is their “friend.” Yeah, right.

  • Tom
    4:17 am on April 23rd, 2012 7

    Someone’s jealous. :lol:

  • Jinro Dukkohbi
    5:46 am on April 23rd, 2012 8

    This makes an easy solution to the whole Dok-do/Takeshima thing, since China most likely claims it’s all theirs anyway… :lol:

  • Dennis
    2:04 am on April 27th, 2012 9

    Hamilton – what are your sources for stating that China claims “pretty much” the entire yellow sea?

    And if it is true, how is that any different than what the first Europeans settlers to North America (terrorists by today’s definitions) did by invading the homeland of the people who were already living there, killing them and putting the survivors on reservations??

 

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