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Suicide of Female Naval Officer Sparks Outrage After Reports of Sexual Assault

Suicide of Female Naval Officer Sparks Outrage After Reports of Sexual Assault

SEOUL, May 27 (Korea Bizwire) – A South Korean female navy officer was found hanged to death by her colleagues in an apparent suicide Wednesday, and revelations from an investigation into her death that she had been sexually assaulted have come to light, causing a public outcry. In a memo found in the navy officer’s room, [...]

Navy Captain Arrested for Allegedly Raping Subordinate

Navy Captain Arrested for Allegedly Raping Subordinate

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) – A South Korean female naval officer died in an apparent suicide earlier this week after being allegedly raped by a senior colleague, the Navy said Thursday. Military police arrested the Navy captain who admitted to having sex with her. But he has denied the allegation of sexual assault, according to the Navy. The lieutenant of the Navy’s headquarters at the [...]

Constitutional Court Upholds Law Restricting Subsidies on Mobile Devices

Constitutional Court Upholds Law Restricting Subsidies on Mobile Devices

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld a law that restricts subsidies on the purchase of smartphones and other mobile devices. The regulation, which sets the legal limit of subsidies at 330,000 won (US$295), was adopted to bring transparency and stability to the market long distorted by subsidies as telecom [...]

Animal Rights Group Invokes the Constitution for Legal Definition of Animals

Animal Rights Group Invokes the Constitution for Legal Definition of Animals

SEOUL, May 25 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean animal rights group Care is challenging the 98th article of the Civil Code, which designates animals as “things,” and has asked the Constitutional Court of Korea to adjudicate its constitutionality.  The code legally defines “things” as “corporeal things, electricity, and other natural forces which can be managed,” [...]

Military Court Sentences Soldier to 6 Months Over Gay Sex

Military Court Sentences Soldier to 6 Months Over Gay Sex

SEOUL, May 24 (Korea Bizwire) – A South Korean army captain who was arrested during a controversial clandestine investigation into gay soldiers in the military received a sentence of six months of imprisonment suspended for one year at his final trial today, despite public calls for his release. Contrary to the widely parroted statement from South [...]

Hundreds Arrested in Narcotics Crackdown, Including Teenagers

Hundreds Arrested in Narcotics Crackdown, Including Teenagers

UIJEONGBU, South Korea, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) – A total of 132 South Koreans were arrested in a three-month narcotics crackdown spearheaded by the Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency, with 46 individuals indicted and the reported seizure of 39.3 grams of methamphetamine, enough to dose 800 people simultaneously.  According to the agency, 116 (87.8 percent) [...]

‘Gay Witch-Hunt’ Victim Jailed for 2 Years Despite Protests

‘Gay Witch-Hunt’ Victim Jailed for 2 Years Despite Protests

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Despite a series of protests calling for his release, the South Korean army captain at the center of a controversial ‘gay inquest’ in the army was sentenced to two years in prison this Tuesday after a verdict was reached at the country’s general military court. The captain, whose name is [...]

Seoul Court Rejects Asiana’s Appeal over Temporary Suspension for San Francisco Route

Seoul Court Rejects Asiana’s Appeal over Temporary Suspension for San Francisco Route

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) — A Seoul court on Wednesday rejected an appeal filed by Asiana Airlines Inc. against the government’s temporary suspension order for its San Francisco route. “We found that the pilots of Asiana Flight 214 misjudged the conditions as the plane descended to land (in San Francisco in July 2013) and [...]

Seongju Residents Seek Injunction against THAAD Deployment

Seongju Residents Seek Injunction against THAAD Deployment

SEONGJU, May 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Hundreds of residents near the deployment site of a U.S. missile defense system here filed a petition with the Constitutional Court on Monday to obtain an injunction against its construction and operation. A total of 527 residents from Seongju County and neighboring Gimcheon, about 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, [...]