Po­lice seek ar­rest war­rant for IT firm CEO

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - Kim Hyun-bin hyun­gin@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

Po­lice said Thurs­day they will seek an ar­rest war­rant for Yang Jin-ho, CEO of WeDisk and ro­bot de­vel­oper K-Tech­nol­ogy, on charges of as­sault and co­er­cion among other crim­i­nal acts.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Yang is also fac­ing al­le­ga­tions that he used il­le­gal drugs.

The an­nounce­ment came nine days after Yang’s al­leged crimes came to light fol­low­ing an in­de­pen­dent news out­let air­ing video footage of him abus­ing and in­sult­ing an ex-em­ployee last week. The video led po­lice to ques­tion him.

The Gyeonggi Nambu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Agency took Yang into cus­tody Wed­nes­day after ob­tain­ing a de­ten­tion war­rant, with of­fi­cers ar­gu­ing that he was un­likely to vol­un­tar­ily ap­pear for ques­tion­ing.

Yang was ques­tioned for four-and-a-half hours that day, and ac­knowl­edged abus­ing and as­sault­ing his em­ploy­ees.

“I ad­mit my wrong­do­ings. I am truly sorry for cre­at­ing a pub­lic out­rage,” Yang told re­porters ear­lier.

How­ever, po­lice ques­tion­ing was cut short as Yang did not want to con­tinue an­swer­ing into the night, cit­ing ex­haus­tion.

Un­der po­lice crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion reg­u­la­tions, in­ves­ti­ga­tors are banned from ques­tion­ing sus­pects from mid­night to 6 a.m., bar­ring ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances that re­quire fil­ing a de­tailed re­port. Some peo­ple crit­i­cized the move, claim­ing the ques­tion­ing should have been pur­sued fur­ther.

“There isn’t enough time in a day to thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gate Yang,” a per­son wrote on so­cial me­dia. An­other said, “A crim­i­nal is al­lowed to rest when ex­hausted, when he doesn’t care about the char­ac­ter and rights of oth­ers.”

Yang Jin-ho

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