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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 24th, 2014 at at 7:19 am

Fugitive Ferry Owner Hid In A Secret Room Inside His Cabin With Bags of Cash

You would think the police would have searched this cabin more thoroughly for a secret room like the one Yoo Byung-eun was hiding in:

Location where Yoo’s body was found [Daily Mail]

At the modest but well-appointed, two-storey cabin on the outskirts of Suncheon where Yoo had holed up, its entrance cordoned off by police tape, plates and other tableware could still be seen piled up beside the kitchen sink.

Bags of clothes lay on the floor next to a washing machine, and bibles and a calendar still open to the month of May were visible through a window.

Police raided the cabin, called “Memory in Wood”, on May 25 but failed to find the multi-millionaire, who had hidden behind a wooden wall.

When they returned last month, acting on testimony given by an assistant, police found two suitcases that between them contained 830 million won ($810,800) and $160,000, tagged with numbers 4 and 5, prosecutors said, suggesting more cash may have been stashed elsewhere.  [Reuters via reader tip]

You can read more at the link, but if the police had did a thorough search of the cabin on May 25th they would have caught this guy alive. Here is what the secret room looked like:

The secret compartment of the cottage where ferry owner Yoo Buyng-eon was hiding when police raided it on May 25. There was another cubbyhole on the other side where two bags containing cash were found. [Chosun Ilbo]

Here are pictures of the bags of cash that were found in the cabin:

Investigators on Wednesday show cash found at the cottage in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province. /News 1

Hopefully police are looking into is where bags 1, 2, & 3 are located?

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 24th, 2014 at at 3:49 am

Japanese Town Removes Memorial to Forced Korean Laborers

So is the local Japanese government inferring that forced labor of Koreans during World War II did not happen?

Local authorities in Japan have demanded the removal of a monument in memory of the tens of thousands of labourers forcibly recruited from the Korean peninsula during the second world war.

The monument, dedicated to Koreans who died after being brought to Japan to work in coalmines and factories amid a wartime labour shortage, was erected by a friendship society in a public park in 2004.

The government in Gunma prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, has ordered it removed after what the Asahi Shimbun newspaper described as petitions from “anti-Korean” groups and individuals complaining that it was anti-Japanese and had become the focus of political activity in a publicly owned space.

Part of the inscription, written in Japanese and Korean, reads: “We hereby express our determination not to repeat the same mistake by remembering and reflecting on the historical fact that our country inflicted tremendous damage and suffering on Koreans in the past.”  [The Guardian]

You can read more at the link.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 23rd, 2014 at at 9:34 pm

ROK Navy Captain Sentenced to 2.5 Years In Jail for Sexual Harassment

It looks like the ROK Navy is getting very serious in regards to stopping sexual harassment considering this punishment given to a Captain:

The Navy has decided to dismiss a captain for sexually molesting a female colleague on a patrol ship, a Navy source said Wednesday.

The captain, whose identity was withheld, is accused of groping the shoulder of the female officer and breaking into her room on the patrol ship in March. Last week, a military court sentenced him to two years and six months in jail.

“The Navy’s disciplinary committee decided to dismiss the captain for harassing his subordinate,” the source said, requesting anonymity.

“It is an unusually heavy punishment for the military against a sex offender. The decision was in accordance with our zero-tolerance principle,” he said. [Korea Herald]

The article doesn’t specify what he did after he broke into her room.  Did the Captain try to rape her?  If so than the punishment is actually light.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 23rd, 2014 at at 4:45 pm

Tweet of the Day: I Wonder If Black Boxes Can Be Tampered With?

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 23rd, 2014 at at 7:53 am

Trains Collide in Gangwon Province Killing 1 and Injuring Dozens

It looks like negligence or a signal malfunction led to this accident.  Fortunately it appears the trains were not traveling too fast which would have made this accident much worse:

Two passenger trains collided Tuesday on the east coast, killing at least one passenger and injuring 92 others.

Authorities said one car from each train derailed after the accident that occurred around 5:53 p.m. between Taebaek Station and Mungok Station in Taebaek, Gangwon Province, about 270 kilometers east of Seoul. They added that one passenger, a 77-year-old woman surnamed Park, died and 92 others were being treated for injuries at three nearby hospitals, four of them for serious wounds.

Rescue workers were on the scene, with dozens of other passengers having evacuated the site, authorities said.

KORAIL, the state-run railroad operator, said the accident happened between its O-Train, a sightseeing train that travels to parts of Gangwon, and a normal-speed Mugunghwa train. It said the O-Train was carrying 39 passengers and four crew members, while the Mugunghwa train had 63 passengers and four members of the crew.

KORAIL officials said the O-Train appeared to have ignored a stop signal near Mungok Station before crashing into the stationary Mugunghwa waiting outside the station.

According to KORAIL, Mungok Station is on a single-track railway, and the O-Train was supposed to have stopped before letting the other train leave the station first.  [Yonhap]

You can read more at the link.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 23rd, 2014 at at 4:42 am

Picture of the Day: Getting Muddy at Boryeong

Tourists enjoy a mud festival at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong City, South Chungcheong Province, on July 18, 2014. (Yonhap)

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 23rd, 2014 at at 2:25 am

Reported Negligence Leads to 4 Servicemembers Being Injured By Shooting

I have never heard of a negligent discharge from a 9mm shooting four people?:

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is probing a shooting that injured four U.S. servicemembers at Camp Schwab in northeast Okinawa, officials said.

No major injuries were reported, and all four are in stable condition, Marine Corps officials said in a statement.

The incident was reported to the Marine Corps Provost Marshal’s Office around 10:45 a.m. Thursday, the statement said. The incident, which involved a 9 mm pistol, appears to have been caused by negligence.

The Marines said they could provide no other details while the situation is under investigation. [Stars & Stripes]

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 22nd, 2014 at at 9:50 pm

Former ESL Teacher Quincy Black Sentenced 2.5 Years in Jail for Filming Sex with Minor

Well the ESL teacher that was extradited by Korean authorities from Armenia of all places has now been sentenced to 2.5 years in jail by a Korean court for filming himself having sex with a 15 year old Korean girl:

A foreign English instructor who spread videos on the internet of sex with Korean women including a high school girl under the name ‘Quincy Black ‘ has been sentenced to prison.

On July 17 the Seoul Central District Court sentenced foreign English instructor C (29), who had been charged with contravening the Law for the protection of children and youth by producing and distributing pornography) to two years and six months in prison was ordered to complete 40 hours of a sexual violence treatment program.

The court’s judgement said that “C committed a crime when, as a native speaking English instructor who taught elementary school students, he was in a position to protect youths, and by spreading the pornography he inflicted considerable psychological schock upon the victim.”

The judgement listed as reasons for the sentence that “the underage victim in the incident found daily life difficult and moved overseas, while the adult victim wished for C to be punished.”  [Joong Ang Ilbo via Gusts of Popular Feeling]

You can read more at the link, but considering this guy committed statutory rape and then filmed it to sell as a porn video, 2.5 years in Korean jail seems pretty light.

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 22nd, 2014 at at 4:54 pm

Tweet of the Day: Security Council To Discuss North Korean Missile Launches

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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 22nd, 2014 at at 1:13 pm

Picture of the Day: The Fatman and His Wife

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) is seen together with his wife Ri Sol-ju in a footage aired by North Korea’s Korean Central Television Station on July 16, 2014. (Yonhap)

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