Police seek arrest warrant for IT firm CEO
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.”