The 4th trial was held as a hearing with Judge Choi Jong-jin at Seoul Central District Court on November 24th.
On November 24th, the trial for the group of three people who falsely blackmailed and made false allegations against Park Yuchun was held at 2 PM.
The first witness for this day was Park Yuchun, this trial’s victim.
On this day, unlike other trials, a lot of news teams converged.
It was in order to get a photo or footage of “victim Park Yuchun” coming forward as a witness.
They were standing in the entryway of the court, lobby hallway, proximity of the security checkpoints, parking lot, etc.; waiting holding their cameras or installing their video cameras, on tripods, to cover “victim Park Yuchun”.
The trial started from 2 PM but they showed their meticulousness and diligence by turning up from before 1 PM and waiting in places here and there. Despite the sub-zero weather, they showed evident professionalism holding cameras and waiting outside of the court’s entryway.
But the news teams’ meticulousness & diligence and the journalists on this day, notwithstanding their evident professionalism, couldn’t take even one cut of Park Yuchun’s photo nor 1 second of video [footage].
Especially JTBC –who did a report of Park Yuchun’s real name only and opened fire with the violation of Park Yuchun’s human rights on June 13th– installed 2 photo cameras and video cameras in the proximity by the security checkpoints and were waiting from before 1 PM, but had to go back without seeing so much as Park Yuchun’s shadow.
“Victim Park Yuchun” submitted an application to proceed to be called as a witness, to the court the past November 21st.
It is not easy to be the witness coming forward as the victim.
Being ordinary persons also are not an easy matter but it can be a tougher undertaking to be pestered by the flashes of crowds of reporters before coming forward as a witness, simply because he’s a celebrity here.
The journalists even knew Park Yuchun had applied to proceed to be called as a witness and had flocked to the courthouse, with the single-minded desire to cover it unconditionally and with absolutely no consideration toward “victim Park Yuchun”.
It seems the journalists –who posted malicious comments about special favors and whats left over “victim Park Yuchun” having applied to proceed to be called as a witness, or wrote their articles about walking into court avoiding reporters’ gazes– have absolutely no notions about fundamental human rights.
When they were chasing after each of Park Yuchun’s public service and commute the past summer, they could not have enough of holding out their mikes and snapping off flashes
He has been cleared of all the charges against him, and although he went to court as a victim to be a witness, the images of him getting crowded as they covered him again are a disappointment.
When this trial’s defendants Ms. Lee and Mr. Mob-Hwang were imprisoned and being indicted, the news teams didn’t even go cover it; in particular JTBC who reported on this incident with [Park Yuchun’s] real name only. The coverage of the accusers didn’t even happen yet they showed initiative to have dispatched 2 cameras to cover “victim Park Yuchun”.
The 4th trial, for the group of 3 people who made false allegations, started as a hearing with Judge Choi Jong-jin at 2 PM.
By the way, he wasn’t able to start the examination of the witnesses; since strangely enough, the 2 accusers who were imprisoned and being indicted (Ms. Lee –the call girl who’s under suspicions of false allegations and attempted blackmail–, and Mr. Hwang –the mobster who’s under suspicions of attempted blackmail and fraud–) had not arrived from the detention center.
So the judge exchanged the story about a different matter related to the incident with the accuser’s lawyer.
Because the imprisoned accusers arrived after a little while and to start examination of the witnesses, the observers vacated their seats and stepped out of court. To protect “victim Park Yuchun”‘s privacy, this trial’s examinations of all the witnesses were composed behind closed doors.
Around 2:17 PM, a court staff told fans and journalists who were waiting in the hallway the examinations of the witnesses had started. The first witness was Park Yuchun, this trial’s “victim”.
Around 3:30 PM, the second witness entered into the closed court; and
Around 4 PM, the third witness entered into the closed court.
The third witness’s testimony came to an end around 4:20 PM.
According to the words of a court staff, it’s said Park Yuchun went and did well in the witness examination.
After a little while, the cohabiting male –who’s this trial’s accuser under suspicions of attempted blackmail– came out of the court together with a lawyer.
When there was the 3rd trial on the past November 10th, the cohabiting male had stared or cursed at fans. This time he was overwhelmed at many fans’ spirits. He couldn’t even raise his head and had to make his way through fans.
And for Mr. Mob-Hwang, there continued to be an examination of witnesses in connections to this fraud case of his since he has 2 more counts of fraud charges toward other people, apart form the attempted blackmail toward Park Yuchun. This also was conducted behind closed doors and couldn’t be attended.
On the other hand, November 24th was when the 4th trial for the 3 people in the defendant group for making false allegations and falsely blackmailing Park Yuchun was held,
Park Yuchun fans wore sunflower brooches on their chests to convey their thoughts ‘I stand by Park Yuchun’.