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Supreme Court upholds sentence for murderous monk

July 6th, 2014 . by Errol

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The Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea, under presiding judge Lee Sang-hoon, on 6 July 2014 upheld  lower court verdicts against a 57 year old monk’s six-year prison sentence for rape and murder.

The monk from the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism, was convicted for raping and inflicting fatal injuries with a wooden instrument on a woman, 20.

The monk was also sentenced for raping and beating another woman to “exorcise all the ghosts from her body”.

After assaulting the women, the monk bound their hands and legs and kept them in solitary confinement.

The monk claimed the sex was consensual, a claim that the court rejected.

Jung Min-ho, The Korea Times, 6 July 2014

 


Big influx of kyopo into Korea as F-4 visa rules relaxed

July 2nd, 2014 . by Errol

According to data compiled by the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, the number of residents from outside the country came to 1.57 million as of Jan. 1, up 8.6 percent from a year ago and taking up 3.1 percent of the nation’s population of 51 million.

It marks the eighth consecutive year that the figure has risen on-year. The government started compiling related data in 2006.

Foreign residents refer to people staying in South Korea for longer than 90 days, naturalized South Korean citizens, marriage migrants and their children.

The ministry attributed this year’s growth to eased requirements for an Overseas Korean (F-4) visa and an increase in applications for permanent residency among ethnic Koreans with non-South Korean citizenship.

Of the foreign residents, nearly 539,000, or 34.4 percent of the total, are workers from abroad with no South Korean nationality.

Korea Herald 2 July 2014


K-popper boss married to fugitive Sewol owner’s niece

July 2nd, 2014 . by Errol

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42-year-old Park Jin-young married in October 2013 the second daughter of Yoo Byung-ho, the recently arrested younger brother of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun.

As Park’s 62-year-old father-in-law is a key leader of the Salvation Sect cult, the prosecution is set to widen the scope of its probe into JYP Entertainment as part of its effort to verify a variety of charges against  73-year-old Yoo Byung-eun.

While investigators are looking into JYP’s bank accounts in coordination with the Financial Supervisory Service, some market insiders raised the possibility that the prosecution will soon summon Park.

Park has recently argued that he and his parents are not devotees of the Salvation Sect cult and he was paid nothing from the religious group.

JYP Entertainment agency also claimed that it has made no business partnership or cross-funding transactions with sister firms of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the tragic Sewol.

Meanwhile, foreign investors and corporate investors have continued to dump their stake in JYP Entertainment on the secondary KOSDAQ over the past few weeks.

While its closing price was 6,080 won ($5.96) per share on April 15, a day before the ferry tragedy, it has ranged between 4,200 won and 5,500 won won since. Foreigners’ shareholding ratio in the company has dropped to 0.42 percent, from 1.0 percent in early May.

By Kim Yon-se Korea Herald Canada Day 2014


Sydney firefighters rescue Japanese and Korean men

July 2nd, 2014 . by Errol

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New South Wales Fire and Rescue Commissioner Greg Mullins said firefighters were shocked to find young Japanese and Korean men cohabiting at a Sydney industrial site when they were called to the large inner-city blaze in the early hours of the morning.

The group were reportedly in their late teens and early 20s and from Japan and South Korea, although a New South Wales police spokeswoman could not confirm their identities.

“When (firefighters) arrived they thought they had a normal industrial fire, but within a couple of minutes it became a rescue operation,” Mullins told reporters.

“They were living in squalor. There were beds in old minibuses, a shipping container and an old caravan with a massive fire moving towards them.

“The firefighters had to shield the people from the heat to get them to safety. They were too frightened to move. There were 20-metre flames.”

AFP July 2, 2014


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