Korean Soldier Dies of Beating, Inciting Public Furor

Article From NewSis:

Soldier, Yoon, Dies of Beating, Appalling Harassment.

Violence continued after Yoon was treated with an IV, he limped along after an assault.

Alleged perpetrators made up a story as a cover-up saying that Yoon collapsed while watching TV.

A military human rights watchdog described Yoon’s death as “more brutal and savage than anything else that has ever happened in [our] military history.”

The military authorities gave disciplinary actions to 16 military officers, including regiment and battalion chiefs commanding the unit to which Yoo belonged, holding them accountable for poor oversight.

Yoon's corpse on a bed showing bruises across his upper body.

The picture shows the bruised upper body of Private First Class Yoon, who died of injuries from a beating in April 2014, after having suffered inhumane bullying since being assigned to his unit in December 2013.

Investigation shows harassment and bullying of unspeakable proportions of Private First Class of the Army 28th division, only identified by the surname Yoon, who died from injuries inflicted by senior soldiers in April.

Beatings by senior colleagues in the barracks made the 23-year-old Yoon walk with a limp, but the beatings continued with intensity. The probe into Yoon’s death reveals Yoon was beaten again, even after being treated for previous injuries from pas beatings with a therapeutic IV drip. At that time, he found it hard to stand on his own feet. More humiliating harassment includes a fellow soldier forcing him to apply anti-inflammatory ointment on his genitals.

The Ministry of Defense said in a statement on July 31st that five soldiers, including Sergeant Lee, are suspected of being responsible for Yoon’s death due to habitual beatings and acts of bullying, while another soldier is being prosecuted without physical detention on the charge of assault.

Army public relations director Choi Yong-han speaking at a regular press briefing stated on Yoon’s death by beating, “Five soldiers are charged with manslaughter while one is detained on assault charges. Their motivations will be laid bare in court since the trial for the six is proceeding.”

Choi declined to elaborate on why Yoon was targeted for beatings in the barracks, saying, “I will confirm this.”

According to military sources, the accused soldiers, including sergeant Lee, kept Yoon, who was assigned to his unit last December, awake by forcing him to hold a horse-riding stance until 3 a.m. in living quarters. They even coerced Yoon to eat a tube of toothpaste.

As if these grave acts of bullying were not enough, they poured a 1.5 liter of water on Yoon’s face while he was laying down. Yoon was also subject to inhumane torture such as being compelled to crawl on the floor on all fours like a dog and lick up spit.

Yoon was futher beaten after he developed a limp due previous assaults on him because he was “limping around.”

Staff Sergeant, Mo, turned a blind eye to the events even while Yoon was being beaten by the accused soldiers. There is even proof that Mo had joined the soldiers in beating Yoon.

As the incident gained media coverage, the accused soldiers appear to have attemted a cover-up, fabricating a story among the soldiers concerned that Yoon suddenly broke down while watching TV.

After confirming beatings and bullying of the deceased Yoon, military authorities have reprimanded military officers, including regiment and battalion chiefs who command the unit Yoon served in, citing their neglect of oversight.

In a separate press briefing on the same day, Lim Tae-hoon, chief of the Center for Military Human Rights Korea (CMHRK) said, “No death occurring in military units has been more brutal and barbarous than Yoon’s, which was then accompanied by a systematic attempt at a cover-up.

According to Lim, there are more cases where other soldiers have been bullied in the same unit the ill-fated Yoon served in.

Yoon was taken to the hospital after having been beaten by senior soldiers while he was eating on April 6th at around 4:25 p.m.

Unfortunately, the baeating caused food to block his airway, making Yoon suffer a shortage of oxygen causing brain damage and lose consciousness, leading to his death.

The lclose-to-torture bullying and harassment late Yoon suffered are reenacted in the picture.

Almost torture: bullying and harassment that late Yoon sustained is reenacted.

Comments From Daum:

Let’s find out who are responsible, and don’t let Yoon’s death go unnoticed.


It seems to be a premeditated murder, not a negligent manslaughter.


(All this harassment and bullying explains why Sergeant Lim went on a shooting rampage.

빨간소독약: [responding to above]

Sergeant Lim shot his bullets to stay alive. He didn’t want to die like Yoon did.


Sexual harassment against late Yoon mean the offenders are sexual criminals. They should be subject to jail terms and the revelation of their personal information and be made to wear electronic tracking devices after serving out their terms.[…]


I don’t know whether the world goes crazy because there are so many crazy bastards, or whether crazy people go rampant because the world gets crazy.

Article From Yonhap News:

Army Chief of Staff Offers to Resign as Government Vows to Make Example of Offenders in Yoon’s Death

Police chief also steps down after President Park spoke of declining trust in prosecution and the police, and of the need to hold accountable all those concerned.

President Park Geun hye speaks in a cabinet meeting on Aug. 5th, 2014.

President Park Geun-hye speaks in a cabinet meeting on Aug. 5th, 2014.

President Park Geun-hye slammed prosecutors and police in an Aug. 5th cabinet meeting for incompetency revealed by the beating and death of Private First Class Yoon, as well as the manhunt for Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of the sunken Sewol ferry. About 8 hours after her strong criticism, Chief of the military and police offer to resign. The presidential office of Blue House is reported to accept the resignations.

The announcement of Army Chief of Staff General Kwon Oh-sung’s resignation came at around 5:30 p.m., after President Park declared there will be harsh punishment for those involved in the latest deadly abuse in military barracks.

General Kwon said at an emergency audit on Aug. 4th of the defense committee at the National Assembly, “I feel deeply responsible, and apologize,” but he did not make any specific comments on his resignation.

The police chief’s announcement to step down also follows after President Park blamed police over the friction with prosecution as they were trying to identify the corpse of Yoo Byung-eun saying, “Those responsible should be held accountable.”

After a five-day vacation, President Park appears to be conscious of deteriorating public sentiment over the beating and death of Yoon in military barracks, proclaiming stern countermeasures and prompting the two dignitaries to stand down from their posts.


Army Chief of Staff General Kwon Oh-sung is present at an Aug. 4th  parliamentary audit of the death of Private First Class Yoon.

Army Chief of Staff General Kwon Oh-sung is present at an Aug. 4th parliamentary audit of the death of Private First Class Yoon.

Comments From Naver:

One private first class blew out a four star general.

siee****: [responding to the above comment]

Perhaps 20 stars in total will be sacked after all.


I think the army chief of staff was dismissed because he knew the details of the incident but brushed them off. As far as I know, he ordered the eradication of violence in military units, how couldn’t he know about this incident?


The battalion commander of Yoon’s unit has only gotten a 3 month suspension- does it make sense? What a farce. ㅋㅋ

lks6****: [responding to above]

Any suspension for military officers in Korea is just an end to military life. He can’t get promoted any more. He has got to quit his military career.

puki****: [responding to forg****’s comment]

Have the battalion commander disqualified for his military pension.


When things are troubling, those responsible should not only be sacked but also deprived of the military pension. Only by doing so, it is possible for people to act responsibly. Submitting a resignation is thought to be a solution to quiet criticism, so at first people attempt a cover-up, while the the military is rotting.


Stepping down is a cure-all in Korean society. ㅋㅋ How ridiculous it is. ㅋㅋ


I can’t see the resignation as anything other than a way to evade responsibility.

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  • Doge Wallace

    Oh, this is in *South* Korea?

  • Anon

    Why is South Korea army always famous for soldier bullying?

    I’ve never heard of any army with soldiers being treated this badly, is it just the unusual media coverage highlighting rare things or something redundant in the Korean army mentality?

    Also holy shit, if that guy was treated this badly, why didn’t he quit?

    • mjm

      it’s conscription so he can not leave on his own..

      • Anon

        Oh right, forgot about that

    • Valhalla

      Well there’s the case of Danny Chen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Chen

      • Bill

        Also S.Korea’s 650,000 force is one of the world’s top in numbers. I think S.Korea’s manpower number ranks around 5th in the world. This is more manpower than the United States military. More men conscripted will only mean more problems.

        • Black_Plague

          Not including reservists, the US military in active-duty strength is roughly 1.3 million across the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.

          That’s about twice as much as South Korea’s active-duty forces.

        • Guest

          I keep hearing Koreans boasting about this military man power?? Who are you fighting, please tell me when is this impending doom coming to South Korea?

          • Host

            They are technically still at war, just a little fact you seem to have overlooked.

    • Insomnicide

      It’s called hazing, it’s a ritual process in ‘tough’ organizations where they abuse the new recruits to test their endurance. If you could withstand their harsh abuse, then you will become accepted as one of their peers.

      This happens a lot in military organizations, not just in South Korea. There’s hazing in America, China, Russia, Britain, France. etc.

      I guess because of the mandatory conscription for every male, it puts a lot more psychological pressure on the soldiers. And the heavy emphasis on respect for your seniors in Korean culture. Thus making the cases in South Korea a little more extreme.

      • Claude

        Yeah or maybe he just didn’t fit in. Korea is a conformist society to begin with then take into account he’s in the military. The pressure to perform as a single unit. Maybe he couldn’t keep up?

        • Chucky3176

          The guy was probably flagged for his incompetence. Once you get flagged as the idiot who can’t do anything right, you can mercilessly be picked on for everything that goes wrong in the platoon.

          • Claude

            We’ll never know, perhaps. I don’t know Korea well but it is embarrassing for the nation and I have a feeling there will be a cash settlement and – although it’s out there in the media, the state will do it’s best to hush it up.

      • Calculus

        Well I guess he failed didn’t he? Now, does he get to go home? Noooo Just a one way ticket to the afterlife. Way to go!

    • Ken Morgan

      Actually it happens elsewhere, the UK army had Deepcut where several soldiers were bullied and were found to have multiple head gunshot wounds as they had ‘suicided’

  • crxrunn

    It’s not just Korea, it’s like this everywhere in the world where there is conscription. People were dying from violence every year in the Russian military, and they fixed it by shorting the service time from 2 years to 1, so there wouldn’t be seniority since all the recruits would’ve been drafted from your same year.

    In a country like Korea that has such a rigid social hierarchy, which I can only imagine is exacerbated in the military, they should take special care to ensure the baseline safety of these recruits.

    For those who don’t believe me check out this link:

    • Chucky3176

      Even within an all volunteer military, it’s still a problem. The US military for example. Wasn’t there recently a case where Chinese American soldier committed suicide after he was mercilessly racially bullied?

      And this business of high ranking officials in Korea, always resigning when things go wrong, has to stop. It’s a fucking revolving door of officials in charge coming and going, coming and going, and coming and going. It solves nothing. It’s gotten to the point, they don’t hire those officials because of their ability, but they hire them because of their ability to stay out of trouble. How is that going to promote competency on the jobs? Those officials should be made to stay and clean up the problems instead of shirking their responsibilities.

      • Doge Wallace

        Danny Chen

    • HaakonKL

      Can you find such a case from the Norwegian military?

  • mjm

    not just military
    anywhere where there are a lot of korean men with hierarchy system

    there is violence.
    being beaten by the principal and seniors for one year in dormitory.
    even by an iron and sometimes bottomless
    had to report the police to get out of the place.
    this kind of news makes me sick and i want to change the society
    but have no idea where to fix first

    • Xio Gen

      But what kind of discrimination could there be? Baekjeong don’t exist anymore and Korea is the most homogenous place there is.

    • Truck Furniture Maker

      Yeah it sucks when society fails you and you don’t have the power to fix it. Good luck!

  • x1sfg

    Alou’ll get this in every military to some extent, more so in conscription based militaries or militaries that draw on foreign personnel, is the French Foreign Legion. In the US, however, you’ll see less of it in more trained units. Never saw this in US special operations units with the exception of the Rangers and SEALs, which is expected since they’re much younger than other more experienced and better trained special operation units.

  • MeiDaxia

    I guess they should disband the army?

    Sewol got rid of the coast guard, so, makes sense… right?

    • Ken Morgan

      No they should stop conscription, conscription is merely dressed up slavery and any nation which cannot raise enough volunteers to defend itself does not deserve to survive in times of conflict. Conscripts are found to be detrimental to a professional army anyway, with a professional volunteer army if such situations like the above occur, you can quit or buy your way out (British army in the 80s and 90s you could hand back your commission and pay back the cost of training you and leave).

      • Chucky3176

        That would be feasible if S.Korea wasn’t landlocked with North Korea, on a tiny peninsula. S.Korean military’s dependence on the infantry is greater than in a normal situation, because Korea is so mountainous and geographically tiny. They’d have to cut the military forces by half, otherwise the cost of a professional all-volunteer military is just too great. They already looked at the feasibility of all-volunteer force and concluded that it was unrealistic. And they’re not going to cut the manpower, as long as North Korea poses a dangerous threat.

        • Ken Morgan

          It’s not 1950 anymore, huge numbers of personnel are simply unnecessary. There is also Grossman where a study suggested that powerful brainwashing needs to be conducted to ensure soldiers kill on battlefield. This is NOT conducive to conscripts and slave armies.

          • David

            I have to agree with Chucky on this one. Having served in Korea twice as part of the American military (granted a long time ago) their military is very heavily dependent on the infantry. NK has no navy that can compete in any way with the American navy so they rely on large numbers of soldiers to overrun the south in time of war. Since Seoul is so close to the DMZ this is especially important The most economical defense against this (which is important since it must be maintain ‘indefinitely’) is a large infantry to take the blunt of any attack (although not nearly the size of NK’s) coupled with the U.S. armored divisions and backed by the U.S. Air Force. Like in Israel, this means conscription (although unlike Israel no women are forced). The problem here is lack of leadership not the conscription process. Leadership should be made to stay and clean up the mess or if they resign they should lose their pensions. This is what “taking responsibility” actually means. When I was a Sargent, I was responsible for the behavior of the men under me and the officers had overall responsibility for all of us. We hazed new guys a little, some teasing but nothing that would result in anything worse than a bad hangover or some bruises on the arm the next day. The worse I had was when I became an NCO I had my stripes ‘pinned’ on my arm by everybody in the squadron (including the guys of lower rank than me). This Sgt. Lee just sounds like a sadistic asshole.

          • Ken Morgan

            I’m not sure about that, 100 years ago overlapping fields of machine gun fire could stop incredibly large infantry attacks.
            2014 the DMZ is guarded by fast firing autoguns, mines and the USAF.

          • David

            But in time of war, there will be thousands of artillery batteries firing in preparation to any attack. A few hours of this (even with primitive shells that can only reach 15-20 KM) will eliminate most structures, mine fields or troops in a given area. and will clear the way for a quick strike at Seoul, which is their aim. Not to mention tens of thousands of para-troopers who will be dropped behind the lines (remember SK will never attack, so NK will always have the element of surprise in a war). This is why more ‘boots on the ground’ are needed. Not that I have anything against high tech support, I think the more you have of that the less men you need. But when you consider NK would probably attack with 1,000,000 men (many not well trained at all but they still have guns and it is not unreasonable to think they would do a strike with half their standing army) even with superior training, arms and support, you still need a few hundred thousand men to defend. So when the American and Korea generals plan, they plan for a worse case scenario.

          • Chucky3176

            This would be different if Korea was geographically spread out into much larger areas like during the Iraqi/American Wars. But when you cram millions of men and hundreds of thousands of artillery batteries on both sides of the fence in such a small tight geographical area, high tech weapons may not be enough to stop a massive human wave attack. Seoul is only 30 to 50 miles away from the border, and South Korea is determined not to lose the city, so all effort is placed on defending it. Just having jet fighters and high tech artillery/missiles are not going to stop the massive enemy in such short distance away. You need enough boots on the ground to meet them, and secure the cities from 150,000 North Korean commandos who will appear from the rear.

          • Ken Morgan

            The problem is though has this any basis in reality? Oh the NK’s could attack us at any time and therefore we need to stay ready at all times.

            1970-1989 apparently we could be nuked at any time, the Warsaw pact had a gigantic army on the borders of the Iron Curtain. They had 10000s of missiles pointed at us.

            It was actually a lie to propagate massive government spending on weapons. As there was no missile gap, weapon platforms like the T-72 were junk.

          • David

            Yes, I believe that was my point.

          • Ken Morgan

            NK may well have a lot of artillery, but artillery like everything requires maintenance. While an artillery piece is essentially a big tube they wear out quickly. Part of artillery construction and maintenance is to x-ray and ultrasound the barrel for defects and fissures that develop during service. WWII was an excellent example of this, the IS tanks had major problems with the guns which tended to explode due to defects. I do not believe N Korea has the facilities to x-ray and ultrasound those guns. So sure NK may have a lot of artillery pieces, but a lot of them would explode on first use, a sane gun smith won’t shoot a gun that hasn’t been maintained for decades. You shoot a 10-20 or older artillery piece it is more likely to kill the crew than anybody else.

        • Karl Yang

          You should serve in the Korean military.

        • KCdude

          South Korea’s political leadership is destroying South Korea more than what North Korean spies contribute.

          Think of it this way. It’s like how Adolf Hitler’s incompetent leadership became the main cause of Nazi Germany’s demise. South Korea is following the same path as Nazi Germany in this case.

      • HaakonKL

        Conscripts are detrimental to a professional army?

        Last time I checked, Abu Ghraib was done by the US, and the Russian conscripts in Crimea did just fucking wonderful.

        Maybe I’ve missed something?
        Also, are you saying that if you get bullied and beaten to near death, you can just pay a huge amount of money and leave?

        Henry 8.0, did you want to say something?

        • Ken Morgan

          Conscripts are detrimental to an army simply because of investment and motivation.

          Training soldiers is an investment, conscripts are only going to be there for a short time as such the managers at the top skimp on training and equipment for them. National service in the UK for instance did very little shooting and lots of jogging around, bayonette training, peeling potatoes and polishing coal (I kid you not) and using obsolete rifles now and again. With poor training and equipment because they will be gone soon, they make poor soldiers.

          The IDF does not skimp as can call them up at any time, other places do, like Argentina did which is why the much smaller British force defeated the Argentines in the Falklands. Even if they do not skimp training needs to be regular, an athlete who stops training for a few weeks will quickly lose his fitness.

          Second is motivation, conscription is indentured servitude, there are punishments for declining conscription. It is a case of do this or you go to prison. Motivation when you are forced to do something is poor compared to you do something because you have to.

          People work for money as this improves or sustains their life style. How motivated would you be if you had a gun barrel jabbed between your shoulder blades to force you to work?

          • HaakonKL

            I’ve been conscripted, and never had a gun barrel jabbed in any of my orifices.

            Conscripts see themselves as doing their sworn duty as a citizen of a country.

            Israel doesn’t skimp on training its soldiers because they may need them at any time? As opposed to S.Korea?

            And yes, the British may have been bad with their conscripts, but they’ve had conscripts for how long? Not very.

          • Ken Morgan

            The gun barrel is always there, if you say no it comes out.

            Conscripts see themselves as doing their sworn duty as a citizen of a country.

            Because quite simply Koreans are crazy, 1997 for instance they voluntarily brought out their gold to bail out the country. I wouldn’t have done this, because I exist for MY profits and MY gain above that of the state. The state exists to make profits for the elites of a state and to extract wealth from the people.

            Second ALL wars are fought for profits, WWII was about the embargo on Japan in Asia, In Europe it was about debt free money and labour treasury bonds. As above I exist for MY profits not the ones of politicians. Conscripts fight for the profits of others, why would you do something so silly?

          • HaakonKL

            Do you really think the French infantry in 1941 saw themselves as fighting for the prosperity of others, or do you think that they saw themselves as fighting for their homeland?

            What about the Germans? Polish? Russians?

            And what about the huge problems that a contract-based force brings with it?
            Abu Ghraib didn’t happen with conscripts. Neither did Fallujah (and Fallujah is interesting because of the events that led to it).

            And once you accept the idiotic notion that defending your country is for people who do it voluntarily, who do you think gets hired? Poor people with no other ways out?
            Great! You’re killing your poor for the good of everybody else!
            And those that do want to join, are the only ones available as well, so you have to take all comers. Do you think that this bodes well for the quality of soldiers that get hired?

          • Ken Morgan

            Nope French infantry THOUGHT they were defending their homeland, they were fighting for somebody else’s profits.

            Conscription is idiotic because it is involuntary servitude and thus slavery. Slavery is bad as outcomes from free will are ALWAYS higher when people do something out of their own volition.

            There are NO arguments against it, some people say oh but conscripts get paid… does that make it OK? so Japan had sex slaves, they too got paid 100Yen pensions. So that makes it OK?

            If a nation cannot get enough people to sign up by their own volition, without forcing them with punishment then this nation is NOT worth defending.

            Compare China and Korea. China and Korea both have conscription on the law books. China however has enough volunteers not to actually need to rely on conscription.

            Korea has to force people to serve based upon punishment if you do not. What does this say about Korea and what Koreans think of their country if they cannot get enough people to sign up willingly? That they do not think it worth defending above their personal ambitions?

            What conclusion do you draw from that? The proof is in the pudding if Koreans were patriotic and they did care about their nation as much as they claim as a collective. Then remove the conscription law, see how many sign up.

            On top of this you have to consider opportunity cost, with a volunteer professional army those who want to serve will go and serve. Those who do not do not and go do something else. Part of the running cost of a wholly professional army is this. Conscription and forcing others is merely pushing the costs onto others .i.e stealing their lives just because you want to save a few Won.

          • David

            I will just say until the early 70’s the U.S. had a conscription service. I am not discounting the problems you mention Ken, they are real and I personally think in an ideal situation an all volunteer force is far superior to a conscripted one. When I served, even in war time, it was an all volunteer force. But I don’t think Korea can afford to pay the men what they would need to pay them (in terms of both money and benefits) to maintain the level of military man power that they feel they need. Perhaps for a few years but not for decades (which is how South Korea sees it). Anyway, it is what it is and it was an interesting discussion.

          • HaakonKL

            Aren’t you contradicting yourself?
            If an all volunteer force is superior, then the cost cannot be prohibitive. You’re probably thinking per each unique soldier.

            But if I have that many more soldiers than you do, it doesn’t really matter does it? If you kill three of mine for each one of you that buys it, and I have 4 times the soldiers you do, I’m winning.

          • David

            No contradiction at all. Things that are better generally cost more. A motivated, well trained and well equipped (three separate things) army cost a lot of money. We in the U.S. have the largest economy in the world and it cost us between 5-10% of our GPA to support a well trained, technologically equipped all volunteer force (depending on the if we are at war or not). When you include veteran benefits (which are accounted separately) it is even more. Not every country can do that and still field a million man army.

  • Claude

    The nail that sticks up gets nailed down and sometimes murdered. The poor boys family. Sent their kid off to do his patriotic duty and serve his nation only to come home in a body-bag. Didn’t even go to war, beaten by his own platoon.
    I suspect there will be an apology by the president herself and a settlement.

    • Twisted Aint It?

      Yup.. Might as well had been under the military command of Kim Jong Un. He probably would’ve had a fighting chance. Despicable!

  • agentS

    Another soldier death this summer? Seems to me the most dangerous threat to South Korea is not America/Japan/China/North Korea, but the conscription process itself. You can’t drone-strike your own troops to make them behave better.

  • death_by_ivory

    Poor guy,RIP.I suspect this is not just an issue in the army but anywhere where there are more than 2 males together.But then again females are just as vicious.

  • Top Lel

    Typical Korean behavior. Beneath the veil of Samsung and KPOOP, they are still savages.

    • Big Ol Bottom

      shut up, chank

    • middle kingdom… lol

      Typical Chinese post, act like they better but inwardly bitter and jealous because they know they are not.

      Specially Chinese expats, they are the worst, because as much as they try to fit in else where, they can’t. Always feeling a degree of embarrassed by their motherland or not so worldly kin folk (peasants, I do believe you call them).

      • unki.

        Chinese people are not that bad. And he’s kind of right. You can’t argue against the fact that there is some trouble in today’s Korean society.
        And most of those troubles are not related to foreigners living in Korea.
        But hopefully Korea will find solutions.

  • commander


    * Autopsy Shows Immediate Cause of Yoon’s Death Is Beating-Induced Shock.

    According to an autopsy of the corpse of Yoon, he died of shocks from bodily harm he sustained from repeated beatings by senior soldiers.

    The autopsy findings reveal bruises across the body, hemorrhage inside almost all body parts, broken ribs, and even edema in his brain.

    After analyzing the autopsy findings, one forensic expert say that the death of Private First Class Yoon is attributed to immense shock from severe beatings, not a shortage of oxygen due to food-blocked airway, meaning the identification by military investigators of the death cause is misguided.

    For more at http://m.news.naver.com/memoRankingRead.nhn?oid=056&aid=0010057661&sid1=100&date=20140807&ntype=MEMORANKING

    * Some Offenders Claim Murder Charge for Sergeant Lee But Fall in Dark.

    Some of perpetrators who bullied Yoon are confirmed to have testified at a first military trial on May 30 that the main culprit of Yoon’ death is Sergeant Lee’s violence, and that murder charges should be sought against Mr. Lee.

    Despite these testimonies, the military prosecution seek manslaughter charge against Mr. Lee.

    For more at http://m.news.naver.com/memoRankingRead.nhn?oid=214&aid=0000404091&sid1=100&date=20140807&ntype=MEMORANKING

    * Statistics Shows Record-High Crimes In Military For 2013 In Five Years

    As Mr. Yoon’s death is resonating with the public, and prompts a wave of acid condemnations on the military, a new shocking statistics has emerged: Crimes in the military hit a record high of 7, 530 cases last year in five years. But the punishment against offenders proves a slap in wrist as commanders of the units where crimes occured usually exercised discretion in penalizing them.

    For more at http://m.news.naver.com/memoRankingRead.nhn?oid=001&aid=0007055512&sid1=100&date=20140807&ntype=MEMORANKING

    * Former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin Alleged To Downplay Deadly Abuse?

    Amid simmering public uproar over Yoon’s death, a question mark is hanging over whether then defense minister Kim Kwan-jin, who is now the director of national security council, was knowledgeable about the incident, tried to downplay it, and what measures he took regarding the incident.

    For more at http://m.news.naver.com/rankingRead.nhn?oid=437&aid=0000048375&sid1=100&date=20140807&ntype=RANKING

    • nita

      Manslaughter wtf? This wasn’t even a case of bullying where the victim committed suicide. They literally beat this poor guy to death. This is murder, period.

  • Xio Gen

    There was an incident similar to this in America. I think his name was Daniel Chen. He was bullied mercilessly and ended up killing himself. All three men involved were court martialed.

  • Chucky3176
  • Maureen Mizuno

    That particular unit should be disbanded. The perpetrators should be severly beaten, locked in solitary confinement foe six months then beaten again etc. I’m furious that this goes on.

  • Lebanese

    Release the names of these soldiers please, they are a disgrace for the korean army, and for the nation and for human kind. I am not Korean, but my wife is, and our son is going to serve in the military there, and this is sickening news for any parents. Poor mother, i will kill them myself for her relief.

  • Chucky3176

    Updates, just in:

    Death sentence for the 26 year old who was most responsible.
    Three 23 year olds sentenced to life in prison.
    Another 23 year old sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    And a 21 year old sentenced to 6 months in prison.

    All in all, a very stiff sentencing for these group of animals, which should send a strong message to the military personnel that this type of beatings and deaths won’t be tolerated anymore.

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