Po­lice rules on late-night ques­tion­ing toughen

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kim Hyun-bin hyun­bin@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

The Na­tional Po­lice Agency an­nounced, Fri­day, it will strengthen reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing late-night ques­tion­ing ses­sions to bet­ter pro­tect sus­pects’ hu­man rights.

Un­der the cur­rent crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion reg­u­la­tions, in­ves­ti­ga­tors are banned from ques­tion­ing sus­pects from mid­night to 6 a.m., bar­ring ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances that re­quire fil­ing a de­tailed re­port. The rare cases in­clude the process of re­quest­ing an ar­rest war­rant close to the dead­line of the statute of lim­i­ta­tions, or with the sus­pect’s ap­proval.

How­ever, even with th­ese re­stric­tions in­ves­ti­ga­tors can take ad­van­tage of the sys­tem for their con­ve­nience and try to gain the sus­pect’s ap­proval, which could turn into a hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The po­lice will strengthen the guide­lines from the cur­rent “with the sus­pect’s ap­proval” to “when the sus­pect ea­gerly re­quests ques­tion­ing.”

From now on, in­ves­ti­ga­tors will need a hand­writ­ten re­quest from the sus­pect al­low­ing for the process to pro­ceed, which needs to be in­cluded in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port.

Even with the con­fir­ma­tion, if the sus­pect takes part in pro­longed ques­tion­ing and it is deemed to have af­fected their health, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion needs to be post­poned.

“We will dou­ble check to see if the late-night ques­tion­ing is nec­es­sary. We will also look into the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­ce­dures to re­duce hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in our prac­tices,” a po­lice of­fi­cial said.

The an­nounce­ment comes a cou­ple of days af­ter the pub­lic crit­i­cized the po­lice for not con­tin­u­ing their ques­tion­ing of Yang Jin-ho, CEO of WeDisk and ro­bot de­vel­oper K-Tech­nol­ogy, who was de­tained for as­sault and co­er­cion of em­ploy­ees as well as il­le­gal drug use.

Po­lice ques­tion­ing was cut short as Yang did not want to con­tinue co­op­er­at­ing as it got late, cit­ing ex­haus­tion.

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