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Supreme Court Strikes Down Guilty Verdicts of 2 Soldiers Convicted for Homosexual Intercourse

Supreme Court Strikes Down Guilty Verdicts of 2 Soldiers Convicted for Homosexual Intercourse

SEOUL, April 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down guilty verdicts for two male soldiers charged with engaging in homosexual intercourse at an off-base housing facility, saying the encounter was consensual and took place in a private space. The two, a first lieutenant and a master sergeant, were charged with having [...]

Tax Agency Ordered to Return 11.3 bln Won to Samsung over Taxation Suit

Tax Agency Ordered to Return 11.3 bln Won to Samsung over Taxation Suit

SEOUL, March 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court has ordered tax authorities to refund Samsung Electronics Co. 11.3 billion won (US$9.3 million) in undue corporate taxes from a former patent deal with U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp., court officials said Sunday. Samsung filed the complaint against local tax officials, who purported that the South [...]

Civic Groups Criticize Supreme Court for Delaying Sentencing in Sexual Violence Cases

Civic Groups Criticize Supreme Court for Delaying Sentencing in Sexual Violence Cases

SEOUL, March 3 (Korea Bizwire) – Civic activists have presented a petition to the National Human Rights Commission, claiming that the Supreme Court is damaging the human rights of sexual violence victims by delaying sentences on sexual violence offenders unnecessarily. “The endless delay in the Supreme Court’s sentencing without specific reason is nothing but infringing the personal [...]

Top Court Orders Retrial of 634 bln-won Microsoft Tax Refund Suit in S. Korea

Top Court Orders Retrial of 634 bln-won Microsoft Tax Refund Suit in S. Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a retrial of a case launched by U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. seeking a refund of 634 billion won (US$530 million) in purportedly undue withholding taxes paid in South Korea. The top court sent the case back to the appeals court in Suwon, south of [...]

Supreme Court Rules Grandparents Can Adopt Their Grandchild for Child’s Welfare Purpose

Supreme Court Rules Grandparents Can Adopt Their Grandchild for Child’s Welfare Purpose

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that grandparents can legally adopt their own grandchild, even though the child’s biological parent is alive, when the arrangement is in the interest of the child’s welfare. The top court ruled in favor grandparents who filed an appeal to adopt their own grandchildren, [...]

Top Court Confirms Ex-short Track Coach’s 13-yr Prison Term for Sexually Assaulting Athlete

Top Court Confirms Ex-short Track Coach’s 13-yr Prison Term for Sexually Assaulting Athlete

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court on Friday finalized a 13-year prison sentence for a former national short track speed skating coach charged with sexually assaulting an Olympic gold medalist. Cho Jae-beom, 40, was indicted in 2019 on charges of sexually assaulting Shim Suk-hee on 27 occasions at various training facilities from [...]