Here is the latest on the Uijongbu subway incident:
One of six soldiers accused of harassing a South Korean woman on a subway apologized in court Thursday for the incident as he appealed his fine to the court.
Pvt. Damian Roedl, 20, of the 2nd Infantry Division, told the Uijeongbu District Court he wanted to “just apologize for my comrades’ actions. It was very disrespectful and it was uncalled for, and I’m sorry for all this.”
Roedl was among a group of soldiers who railway police say were acting up on a Dongducheon-to-Incheon train the night of Feb. 2 — playing a “boom box” loudly while dancing and shouting — when a Korean woman in her early 20s asked them to quiet down……………
Roedl was fined the same amount by summary order for “insult/indecent act by compulsion/assault,” according to 2ID. However, he opted to contest the fine because he believes he is not guilty and the amount is too large. [Stars & Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link, but Roedl will find out if his fine stands on November 7th.
Like I figured this case would turn out, the authorities did not have evidence to back up the initial claims that the soldiers surrounded this woman and molested her on the subway. So instead all the soldiers were hit with a fine for pretty much being jerks on the subway. It will be interesting to see if Roedl gets his fine dropped or not. I would think it would be depended if the witnesses say he was involved in the initial stupidity on the subway. If he was minding his own business and just got wrapped up in what happened than I think he has a case.