Abu­sive IT ven­ture chief ar­rested on as­sault charges

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - (Yon­hap)

A court on Fri­day is­sued an ar­rest war­rant for the head of a lo­cal on­line stor­age ser­vice com­pany on charges that he as­saulted and abused his com­pany em­ploy­ees.

The sus­pect, Yang Jin-ho, chief of WeDisk and ro­bot de­vel­oper K-Tech­nol­ogy, had al­ready been in po­lice de­ten­tion, and Su­won dis­trict court said he presents the risk of flee­ing and de­stroy­ing ev­i­dence. Pros­e­cu­tors filed for the writ on Thurs­day on mul­ti­ple charges of as­saults, vi­o­lence and co­er­cion.

They also put drugs charges against Yang for smok­ing mar­i­juana and for vi­o­lat­ing a le­gal ban on on­line dis­tri­bu­tion of ob­scene ma­te­ri­als.

Video footage of Yang abus­ing and in­sult­ing em­ploy­ees re­cently went vi­ral. In the footage, he was seen killing chick­ens with a cross- bow and forc­ing an em­ployee to do the same on a com­pany re­treat in 2016.

Other footage showed Yang in­sult­ing and slap­ping a dif­fer­ent em­ployee in an of­fice and telling him to kneel down and apol­o­gize.

Yang had been in po­lice cus­tody since Wed­nes­day.

Yang has al­ready been in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice over sus­pi­cion that his com­pany over­looked the cir­cu­la­tion of ob­scene ma­te­ri­als on the file stor­age and shar­ing site.

He has ad­mit­ted to most of the charges, ex­cept for some of the drug charges.

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