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Wealthy Tycoon Jailed

July 1st, 2007 . by Matt

Wealthy Tycoon

Interesting story. Does ‘Karaoke Bar’ mean some kind of hostess club? I wonder how the tycoon will be treated in prison.

One of South Korea’s richest businessmen has been found guilty of abducting and assaulting karaoke bar workers, and sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Prosecutors said Kim Hanwha Group chairman Kim Seung-youn and several bodyguards stormed into an upscale Seoul karaoke bar in mid-March, seeking those responsible for attacking his son earlier that month.

Kim seized several workers, shuttled them off to a remote mountain area and forced them to their knees while he beat them, they said.

“I ordered my bodyguards to take over because I got tired of beating them myself,” Kim, also a top official of a local boxing association, said during the trial.

Kim, who showed no emotion as the verdict was handed down today, said he punched the faces of several workers.

No one has been charged with the earlier assault on his son.

Prosecutors had sought a two-year prison sentence for the leader of what local media said is the 12th largest business conglomerate in the country.

South Koreans have seen their business leaders stand trial over the years for corruption, bribery and illicit financial dealings. The violent nature of Kim’s case has ensured it received massive coverage in local media.

South Korean police have also seen their reputation sullied by the case, with a Seoul court issuing an arrest warrant for one officer on suspicion of trying to cover up the case in order to please the powerful business leader.

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