Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Korean Soldier’s Death

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Military Prosecution Seeks Death Penalty and Lifelong Imprisonment Sentences for Yoon’s Death

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A court hearing is being held for accused soldiers who were involved in the death of private first class Mr. Yoon, who suffered torture-like violence and bullying.

A court hearing is being held for accused soldiers who were involved in the death of private first class Mr. Yoon, who suffered torture-like violence and bullying.

The military prosecution on Oct. 24th sought the death penalty for 26 year old seargant, surnamed Lee, and lifetime imprisonment for three other soldiers for the death of private first class Yoon of he 28th Division of the Army at a military tribunal.

In a final hearing on Pfc. Yoon’s death in a court martial of the Third Army Corps Command, the military prosecutors said, “All evidence considered, the murder charge is justifiable,” speaking of Mr. Lee, accused of masterminding repeated beatings of Mr. Yoon, who died when the food he was eating blocked his airway while being battered by senior soldiers. The other three accomplices faced lifetime incarceration.

Earlier last month, military prosecutors from the Third Army Corps demanded capital punishment for Mr. Lee saying that his violence towards Mr. Yoon went beyond manslaughter because he continuously assaulted the victim even when the victim was showing signs of abnormal behavior on April 6, the day of the victim’s death.

To backup their demand for harsh sentences, the prosecutors added that the accused soldiers who majored in medicine in college continued their violence towards Mr. Yoon even they knew there was a possibility that further violence could lead to the victim’s death, and that other soldiers voluntarily kept bullying the victim while Mr. Lee, the main culprit, was on leave.

The accused soldiers severely tormented their junior soldier, with gruesome methods including keeping Yoon awake when he had to sleep at night, forcing him to lick spit on the ground and assaulting him in group with fists dozens of times. The bullying at the barracks started on March 8th, and eventually led to Yoon’s death on April 7th.

Comments from Naver:

d_o_****:

The death penalty is the right choice. I feel sorry for the late Mr. Yoon.

hus4**** [Responding to above]:

It seems he will be given probation keke

bbjj****:

They should mete out this kind of punishment to prevent future occurrences in the army.

chh4****:

This is like Solomon’s choice! Bang~ [sound of judge’s gavel]

jong****:

Punish someone as a warning to others…so that this won’t happen again in the future.

runh****:

Death penalty. Bang bang[sound of gavel].

soob****:

If he’s sentenced to death, make sure it’s actually executed. If he gets life imprisonment, don’t let him go through a special amnesty.

Comments from Daum:

존 패트릭 라이언님:

I hope he definitely ends his life on the gallows.

라미님:

The judge is the problem.

the맑음님:

Don’t just demand punishment. Execute all the condemned criminals.

심형우님:

Well done. We shouldn’t be trying to save these kinds of people.

불로초님:

Execute them by firing squad. What trash.

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  • KCdude

    And this is why I’m fortunate that I was born in Canada and not South Korea.

    God save the Queen and punish South Korea for being a borderline Communist country. Death to all South Koreans who don’t believe in Queen Elizabeth II.

    • jonny

      no wonder so many koreans immigrate to the US and Canada. who wants to live in that god forsaken country.

      • KCdude

        I know, right?

      • Xman2014

        The total number of Koreans immigrating to US and Canada have been crashing since 2009, Last year, only about 300.

        http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=2985425

        239 headed to the United States, only pitiful 23 to Canada (hmm… ), the second-most popular choice, followed by 18 to Australia.

        Those high emigrating days are long gone, and South Korea is now a net importer of immigrants.

        • 금정산

          I was a bit suspicious of that article and did some research on Koreans immigrating to Australia. I’m not sure where the JoongAng Daily gets the data from.

          2700 Koreans took Australian citizenship in 2013-14
          http://www.immi.gov.au/about/reports/annual/2013-14/appendices/appendix_5_citizenship_statistics.htm

          5500 Koreans took permanent residency to Australia in 2012-13. (Referred to as permanent migration)
          http://www.immi.gov.au/media/statistics/country-profiles/_files/south-korea.pdf

          I imagine the U.S. and Canada to have much higher numbers. Many more would immigrate but restrictions get higher each year.

          • Xman2014

            You are mixing up the type of numbers. Immigration is different from permanent residency. Permanent residency may mean anything from immigration, attending universities as professors, working for Korean/foreign companies, Korean government workers stationed in foreign countries, Korean employees stationed in foreign countries, Korean reporters stationed in foreign countries, as well as including wives/husbands of foreign spouses joining their families, and the list goes on.. but it does not mean all of them are immigrants. As noted by your link here:

            “In 2012–13, 898 South Korea-born permanent residents indicated at departure that they were leaving Australia permanently, with 69 per cent indicating they intended to return to South Korea”. They completed their goals and purpose in Australia, and they left the country.

            As for citizenships, it takes usually more than three to five years for foreign citizenships, and any Koreans who immigrated 20 years ago who finally takes up citizenship, will be counted in your number. The immigration numbers stated in Joongang Ilbo are the “new” emigrants from Korea for that year, and does not count the old emigrants who may have migrated away in the past years.

          • jonny

            permanent residency does NOT include people who work for companies in Australia. those people have VISAs sponsored by their companies. likewise, those who attend universities or teach at schools don’t have permanent residency either. unless they choose to stay permanently.

          • 금정산

            Not really. I’m aware of the difference between citizenship and permanent residency. I was showing the PRs because that is what Koreans initially aspire for. My main point was that 2700 citizenship grants are much greater than the figure of 18. Sure, it takes years to become a citizen, but it only takes one day to confer citizenship, meaning there were that many in 2013-14.

            The article was about emigration, not specifically immigration. I personally think PRs who spend most of their lives in Australia should be considered emigrants as they settle there. (I’m not at all saying this is the case for all, but illustrating that there is a spectrum to consider and the article wasn’t sufficient in the details). I think your quote is referring to the number of Koreans who get their PR visa but end up returning to Korea. This isn’t because they intended to stay in Australia for a short time, but mostly because they didn’t adapt to the life change or couldn’t live away from family etc. Also, I agree with what jonny says about PRs.

        • jonny

          yeah and what kind of people immigrate to south korea? uneducated people from third world nations like philippines and vietnam.

          • TO Man

            South Korea doesn’t have an immigration system, nor do they actively go out to invite educated immigrants like they do in the west, Those only “uneducated” immigrants you speak of are mostly marriage brides.

      • David

        ummm 40,000,000 Koreans.

        • jonny

          a lot of them live there because they have no choice. not everyone qualifies to immigrate to canada or the US. you have to pass a series of criteria – education, health, finance etc

          • Kguy

            I’m Korean and I would never want to immigrate to there. The only Korean I know who immigrated there in 2005, he ended up working as a cleaner, cleaning out office bathrooms at midnight. After he bought a house, a car, and few months of living, he was broke, and couldn’t get a job other than being a schoolbus driver and the cleaner. In Korea, he was making decent money, as an accountant in a big firm. Now cleaning toilets… wow… lol… he should have stayed in Korea – there are plenty of jobs like those in Korea, that can’t find workers.

          • Chucky3176

            Well, it’s like this. In the old days, our fathers and grandfathers who used to toil in offices in Korea, didn’t mind immigrating to the west, then end up cleaning out toilets in because they had a dream, the dream of making it big in the future. But young Koreans these days (I’m talking about 20’s and 30’s) would never dream of touching such demeaning jobs in Korea, never mind in foreign countries. Now if someone had offered a new shiny well paid job somewhere in the world, I’m sure many will think about it. But immigrating abroad, just to clean out toilets and working as waiters and washing dishes? Forget it. I look at this as either glass half empty or half full. It’s great knowing that prosperity in Korea has brought a shift in attitude towards the blue collar jobs. The options are greater for Koreans to choose from. But in a way it’s also sad that Koreans have lost that bold attitude of “I can start from the bottom, then move up by working hard, and I will do anything”. Heck, that’s the foundation of modern Korea. Society starts to run into problems when its people without working hard for it, just expect the easy well paying jobs to fall on their laps.

          • jonny

            “want to immigrate TO there”. With that kind of grammatical mistake i don’t think immigration Canada would accept you.

          • enlighten us

            You do realize your comment also applies to pretty much the majority of the world, not just Korea. There is a large percentage of under qualified workers in Canada coming under the foreign worker programs.

            Also in response to another comment you made about only unskilled Vietnamese and Filipinos only immigrate to Korea… last time checked they are coming to North America as well.

            Why the hate towards Korea and Koreans? not really expecting you to answer that…

          • jonny

            not hate. just the truth. you sound incredibly sensitive. how many successful germans or brits wish to emigrate to south korea. almost none. plenty of them in the US though

    • johnny appleseed

      “God save the Queen and punish South Korea for being a borderline Communist country. Death to all South Koreans who don’t believe in Queen Elizabeth II.”

      You sure post some of the stupidest sh** I’ve ever read in my life.

      As a white American who lived in S Korea for a few years, believe me, I am no fan of the Korean society or government, but wtf do your dumbass posts have to do with anything? Huh? Why should people from a foreign country have to respect the sovereign of Canada? The “death penalty” for not kissing Elisabeth II’s wrinkled old ass? South Koreans are “borderline communists”? Wtf? That makes no sense under any context.

      I second the poster several weeks back who accused you of having aspergers. There’s not a lot of meat in that coconut, to put it mildly.

      • KCdude

        Good for you for being a white guy in this country.

        Unfortunately I’m very ashamed that I have to be associated with those third world nutjobs called South Koreans. Sometimes I need to vent out my anger here and you’ll understand what it’s like to be a Korean-Canadian.

        • Chucky3176

          Nobody’s forcing you to be associated with “those third world nutjobs”. After all, you are Canadian, you have nothing to do with Korea. So why not just be proud that you’re from the first world Canada, and get lost? I just wonder though, why are there so many Canadians in Korea, working for those terrible third world nut jobs in a third world nut job country? Why don’t they go back to their utopian Canada where everyone is so perfect and commit no crimes?

          • jonny

            there are hardly many canadians in korea

          • Kguy

            But there are ton of Canadians teaching English. There are no good jobs in Canada, that’s why as soon as Canadians graduate from University, they head straight to South Korea. There are so many of them in Korea right now, Korean schools didn’t have to raise the teacher’s salaries in almost ten years.

          • Guest

            With this perfect English and a decent educational background, why the f**k aren’t you living in New Zealand? We could offer you a better life in New Zealand for any Orientals.

          • Chucky3176

            Say what? I have no desire to live in NZ, but thank you very much. lol..

        • Small twon

          Are you ? After I saw bunch of anti-korean pretender on the youtube , I find it hard to believe your claim. If you really Canadian with Korean ancestry ,prove it.

        • seno

          canada soon to be land of muslims and
          south korean bitches are now hos

          • 금정산

            Is this a “spot the difference” game?

          • jonny

            isn’t it funny that most asian escorts are koreans in the US and canada? go to moonwaiting.com

            the korean population is not even a tenth of that of China but it’s got the biggest supply of hookers in north america.

      • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

        The Queen doesn’t need saving. She’s paid a million a year to just sit on her ass and be queen, she’s well off without divine intervention.

      • Sillian

        Don’t take KCdude seriously.

        • Guest

          I don’t take you seriously because I don’t see you willing to kill that f**king guy. You are just a pussy and very un-American. I think you should go to hell with that guy if you’re a f**king Canadian.

          – a proud American and God bless America, you ignorant bastards!

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Oh you Canadians. Your money is cartoons, your milk is in bags, nothing you do makes sense.

      • jonny

        and yet there are TWO korea towns in toronto alone. how do you explain that? i dont’ see many canadians immigrating to that god forsaken nation called South Korea.

        • TO Man

          I was there few weeks back, I noticed that a lot of the shop owners located there are old immigrants from the 1970’s to 1990’s, and the greatest number of frequenters of the towns are Korean ESL students. I was talking to one shop owner at Yonge and Finch, and he said the business is not what it used to be as it was 10-15 years ago, because there’s less Korean ESL students. The economy in Korea Towns are dictated by how many new Korean students arrive each year, so these old immigrants are kind of still depended on the Korean economy, even after all these years – which I find ironic.

          • TO Man

            Oh I forgot, to compensate for declining number of Korean students, the shop owner said he’s been advertising in local Chinese newspapers. And sure enough, there’s shit load of Chinese customers I’ve seen in Korean restaurants and grocery stores – almost like 35% Chinese, 5% other Asians, 5% non-Asians, etc.

          • jonny

            well that’s because Chinese have to flee communist China. and to hide their $

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          You have French words even the French don’t use. You defy explanation.

          • jonny

            koreans tried to abolish chinese characters but people names on passports are still in chinese. explain that.

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            Old habits die hard.

          • jonny

            so quit trying to abolish it. just use chinese characters in books.

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            Only when you Canadians stop labeling KFC items in French. The French don’t do it, so you shouldn’t.

          • Claude

            Quebec, where even the stop signs are french. Bill 101, their language law. French this and French that. English in little tiny print. In Vancouver all the little tiny print is Chinese, both Mandarin and Cantonese. Ahhh, multiculturalism.

          • jonny

            ridiculous. so if the English pronounce the word “herb” with an H, the americans have to as well? i’m done with you

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            Bye bye then.

          • Kguy

            What in the world is he talking about? I have my Korean passport here and my name is all in Korean alphabet, in Hangeul, not Chinese.

          • Kguy

            The Korean passports use Korean writings for person’s names. What are you looking at?

          • jonny

            they have both.

        • Guest

          because korea was poor back in the 70s so they immigrated to there…the reason is pretty obvious

          • jonny

            there were plenty of korean immigrants even 5 years ago

          • jonny

            most of the koreans i’ve talked to agree on one thing. Korea is only good to live in IF YOU HAVE MONEY. otherwise you’re a slave working for close to minimum wage and you have no life. there’s a reason why south korea has the highest suicide rate per capita among developed nations.

          • jonny

            korea may be rich now. but the majority of koreans are still poor. unless you are in the top 5% (in terms of wealth), you are slaving away working long hours with no lives. that’s why there are so many suicides in korea.

      • David

        Not to mention they put mayonnaise on their french fries.

        • jonny

          nobody puts mayo on their fries. stop lying. i live in canada

          • enlighten us

            actually some do… I know… I too am Canadian… and confess… I have and know others that do dip their fires into mayo.

            However, not just any kind of mayo… it’s only good with McFires and the McChicken sauce… I didn’t believe it until I tried it… I remember the first time seeing my friends do it, thinking… wtf???

            This maybe also regional… I live in T.O. now and no one here does that… but Vancouver… that is where I witnessed and partook.

          • Claude

            I love mayo on my fries and I’m Canadian.

        • Nyai

          that’s normal in my country (spain), it’s tasty .-.

    • bingsoo

      As a Canadian, kindly shut the fuck up.

    • Small twon

      Queen still alive ? Wow… How could she still alive ? Is she undead ?

    • Balkan

      Taking drugs is not good. Read again what you wrote once you get sober.

    • Guest

      F**k you, Canadian. Go to hell and f**king die. Or maybe I can f**king kill you. South Korea is our ally no matter what the circumstance is.

      – an upright American and God bless America!

  • jonny

    this reminds me of the movie – A Few Good Men.

  • Black_Plague

    The thing I noticed is that those imbeciles got a sentence far worse followed by possible death penatly than what the civilian court has given to similar kind of SOBs outside the military (like the woman who only got about 6 years in prison for abusing and killing her step-daughter).

  • 금정산

    Should we be surprised that the accused soldiers majored in medicine? Goes to show that Korean parents raise their children to become successful in social status but disregard the development of personal character. Sadly, prestige is regarded more highly than morals.

    • aj

      some medicine students have sick minds.. and not just in korea

      • 금정산

        To say they have sick minds is diminutive. They bullied and beat a fellow peer to death. That’s psychopathic.

        This could happen anywhere in the world, not only Korea, but does it? I couldn’t find a similar example.

        • GJM

          It happened in UK too — check the deepcut barracks scandals, when numerous soldiers were bullied and harrassed, to death. A number died in mysterious circumstances. It’s not only Korea. And what of what US-UK soldiers do to prisoners in Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, most of whom were innocent?

          • 금정산

            I wasn’t referring to them as soldiers. I was referring to them as medical students and aspiring health professionals…. These soldiers you mention were not medical students.

            This is my point, they have the affluence to attain the education for medicine, but their parents didn’t teach them to be moral. Why study medicine if you don’t care about the health and well-being of others? Because you have been raised to become “successful”.

          • GJM

            Yes, that is a good point, and that attitude is clear every time I visit a doctor here — since they can see I am not very rich and have little to offer them, they are pretty rude and disinterested. And that is not just my subjective view — my Korean and Western friends tell me they experience the same treatment.
            There is little or no respect for their fellow men in Korea.
            Money — bottom line in Korea. Got some? Koreans will look up to that person. Don’t have too much? Go to the back of the queue.
            I think that is one of the reasons depression and suicide are rocketing here — the whole society is based on material wealth, and god help those who don’t have much…

          • 금정산

            Sad but true.

  • Chucky3176

    This is old news. The charged soldier got 30 years life in the slammers with no possibility of parole. The punishment meted out was unusually harsh this time, probably due to the high media exposure and the unacceptable frequency of these kinds of bullying in the military. They wanted to make an important example out of this case.

  • Balkan

    I think death penalty should not be applied to manslaughter, but this was a murder.

  • bultak23

    it is enough to put them in prison and throw away the key, to execute them is devilish.

  • meowpooff

    what about the incident that related with Han hyojoo’s brother bullying case?? any further news??

  • Nyai

    They are horrible human beings but I still hope they don’t kill thy anyone and it’s life imprission for all. And they reform the army system, of course.

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