I guess this just goes to show that even if you are defending yourself from someone attacking you with a knife in Korea, that you will still be charged with a crime:
SEOUL — Four U.S. soldiers have been indicted for their roles in a March 16 brawl outside a Dongducheon night club, during which three of them were stabbed and the other hit with a small baseball bat, South Korean prosecutors said Tuesday.
The Korean club manager who allegedly stabbed the three soldiers was also indicted, according to the Uijeongbu District Prosecutor’s Office.
All involved face the South Korean charge of “violating the act on the punishment of violence.”
The 6 a.m. brawl in The Ville outside Camp Casey was the most serious of three incidents involving U.S. soldiers in South Korea over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, after which 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Edward Cardon temporarily implemented a number of restrictions — including a ban on alcohol consumption and the end of three- and four-day weekend passes — on his 10,000 soldiers in South Korea. Those restrictions have since been lifted. [Stars & Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link, but ROK Heads may remember that these four soldiers were attacked by a Korean-American NCO after they tried to help his drunk Filipina wife who had fallen down outside a club. The NCO thought they were flirting with her thus threatened the soldiers with a knife and a small bat. The NCO’s buddy, Lee who ran a local club then took the knife from the NCO and began stabbing the soldiers.
Incredibly Lee is not being charged with assault or attempted murder. He is facing a bodily injury charge which will likely see him get a fine and no jail time. Now compare that to the Shinchon Stabbing Incident where the GI involved was charged with attempted murder after trying to defend himself with a knife from a Korean mob that was beating and choking him.