DB Group ex-chief re­turns home for probe

Kim de­tained over sex­ual vi­o­lence al­le­ga­tions af­ter 2 years in hid­ing

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kim Jae-heun [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

DB Group’s for­mer Chair­man Kim Jun-ki re­turned to Korea, Wed­nes­day, af­ter stay­ing in the U.S. for two years, to face the police in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his al­leged rape of his house­keeper and sex­ual ha­rass­ment of his sec­re­tary.

Kim was de­tained by the police upon ar­rival at In­cheon In­ter­na­tional Air­port from New York early in the morn­ing, and was im­me­di­ately trans­ferred to the Suseo Police Sta­tion in Seoul.

He had no­ti­fied the police of his ar­rival date and time through his lawyer and the police ob­tained a de­ten­tion war­rant from a lo­cal court be­fore his ar­rival.

Kim ap­peared in the ar­rival hall at 3:47 a.m., cov­er­ing his hand­cuffed hands with a cloth and stayed si­lent when re­porters asked whether he ad­mit­ted to the crimes and why he had been avoid­ing the police in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

As the ques­tions con­tin­ued, he said, “I’m sorry for caus­ing a stir.” But he added that his apol­ogy doesn’t mean he ad­mits to any of the al­le­ga­tions and will re­veal the truth dur­ing ques­tion­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to police, Kim’s house­keeper filed a com­plaint with them in Jan­uary 2018 al­leg­ing sex­ual assault and ha­rass­ment. She said the chair­man had raped her twice and sex­u­ally ha­rassed her mul­ti­ple times be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2016 and Jan­uary 2017 at his vacation home in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Prov­ince.

She said Kim com­mit­ted the crimes af­ter watch­ing porn films, and she sub­mit­ted video clips of him touch­ing her to the police as ev­i­dence. Re­gard­ing the video record­ing, the for­mer chair­man’s lawyers ar­gued that it was “con­sen­sual sex” and claimed the house­keeper had tried to black­mail him, threat­en­ing to re­lease the record­ings if he didn’t pay her.

Be­fore this, Kim’s for­mer sec­re­tary had also ac­cused him in Septem­ber 2017 of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing her mul­ti­ple times be­tween Fe­bru­ary and July that year.

Af­ter step­ping down from his po­si­tion as chair­man that year, Kim fled to the U.S. in July say­ing he needed to get med­i­cal treat­ment there.

Police had de­manded Kim re­turn to Korea for ques­tion­ing three times be­tween Oc­to­ber and November 2017, but he ig­nored the calls and ex­tended his stay there.

In December 2017, police re­quested the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs to in­val­i­date Kim’s pass­port. As the min­istry ac­cepted the re­quest, Kim had been stay­ing in the U.S. as an il­le­gal alien.

Police also re­quested the as­sis­tance of the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Police Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ICPO) to bring him back to Seoul. They also sought co­op­er­a­tion with the Min­istry of Jus­tice to ex­tra­dite him from the U.S. about three months ago.

“We’ll de­cide whether to seek an ar­rest war­rant af­ter ques­tion­ing him,” an of­fi­cer at Suseo Police Sta­tion said.

Yon­hap

DB Group’s for­mer Chair­man Kim Jun-ki is taken by police of­fi­cers to be ques­tioned about al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual assault and sex­ual ha­rass­ment, upon his ar­rival at In­cheon In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Wed­nes­day, af­ter more than two years of stay­ing in the United States to avoid an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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