- Date and Time
Dec. 22, 2016, 4 PM
- Judicial Bench
Seoul Central District Criminal Court 15 Single Judge Choi Jong Jin
1) Lee, so-called A, charged with false accusation & attempted extortion, imprisoned
2) Hwang (mob) charged with attempted extortion, imprisoned
3) Lee (Defendant Lee’s boy friend) charged with attempted extortion, not imprisoned
Note 1: During the trial when the Korean fans were waiting outside of the courtroom, the fans pointed out to the reporter who kept using the word, accuser for the Defendant Lee for her news article that she should use the term defendant instead (The tweets by Korean fans).
Note 2: Many of Korean newspapers still mislead the information on the relationships among the three defendants. Many of them still report Defendant Hwang is Defendant Lee (A)’s cousin, but it is NOT true. Mob Hwang was introduced to the other two defendants to plan and execute their crime when they premeditated it (Refer to this posting by 6002Sky https://goo.gl/7rFudU). And, Defendant Lee (A) and another Defendant Lee (BF) were living together at the same address and such fact had been pointed out by the Judge at the first trial.
Note 3: Mob Hwang was indicted for two other fraud cases. Thus, all three cases were consolidated together and he has been tried for three cases at the same court. Under the Korean Criminal Procedure Act, Article 300, the court may order the consolidation of oral proceedings (i.e., trial cases) upon request of a prosecutor or defense counsel or ex officio to reduce repetitive procedures.
- The Interrogation on the Defendants
The interrogation on the defendants was held in the closed court for the protection of the privacy of the victim, Yuchun. It has lasted for about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
- The Final Statements from the Defendants
Through their final statements, the defendants delivered to the Judicial Bench that they have been unfairly charged. Defendant Lee (A) gave the detailed account of this case and asked mercy with the regret for her past behaviors.
- The Demand of Prison Terms by the Prosecutors
1) Lee (A): 2 years
2) Hwang (mob): 3 years and 6 months
Note 4: The Prosecutors explained that Defendant Hwang committed one more crime while he had been already involved in other crimes and it was hard to believe he participated in this crime without any form of compensation although he insisted he did out of his chivalrous spirit.
3) Lee (BF): 1 year and 6 months
Note 5: The Prosecutors explained they demanded the above terms for him considering the fact that he came to involve in this crime because his girl friend who has been living with him told him that she had had been sexually assaulted.
- The End of the Trial
The final decision by the Judicial Bench will be delivered on the 17th of January.
Translated by: Uttunfan via 6002SKY