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The main thread here is growing quite quickly, hence the need for separate threads devoted to specific aspects of this saga. This thread will, as the name suggests, focus on the hunt for (and subsequent trials of) Yoo's children....

May 23, 2014: Yoo’s children make Interpol’s ‘red notice’ list
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Following its announcement to offer a 50 million won ($48,800) reward for the capture of Yoo Byung-eon, the de facto owner of the sunken ferry Sewol, the police are now filing an Interpol red notice against two of Yoo’s four children.

The “red notice,” or internationally wanted persons alert, was issued for Yoo’s second son Hyuk-gi, 42, and oldest daughter Som-na, 48, who have been refusing to respond to summons while reportedly staying overseas. The same notice was filed against Kim Hye-kyung, the chief of Hankook Pharma, who is one of Yoo’s close associates. The 52-year-old is also reportedly overseas.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry ordered Kim and Yoo’s children to surrender their passports. Should the three not cooperate with the demands after the ministry’s two initial courtesy requests, their passports will be automatically voided.

The prosecution failed to locate Yoo and his eldest son Dae-gyun in spite of its raid at a religious compound in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, Wednesday. The following day, the police announced that it would offer a 50 million won reward for the capture of Yoo.

The reward money is the maximum for a wanted criminal in Korea. The first fugitive who was wanted for 50 million won was Shin Chang-won, the notorious criminal who escaped prison in 1997 and managed to evade the police for almost two years. The second was Yoo Young-chul, a serial killer who murdered 20 people ― mostly prostitutes ― from 2003 to 2004.

The police are also offering a 30 million won reward for the capture of Yoo’s eldest son, Dae-gyun. ...

A little more about Yoo's sons and daughter:
Hunt begins for Yoos’ assets abroad
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Investigators pursuing the family behind the company that owned the sunken ferry Sewol started tracking overseas properties held by the elusive older daughter and younger son of patriarch Yoo Byung-eun.

Second son Yoo Hyeok-gi is believed to live in the United States and Yoo Som-na, the oldest daughter, in Paris. They allegedly own upscale houses in New York, California and France.

If prosecutors prove that the son and daughter used illegally obtained money to purchase those assets, they will request U.S. and French law enforcement agencies to seize property and freeze bank accounts held by the son and daughter. Prosecutors sought arrest warrants for the two on charges of being involved in financial irregularities including embezzlement and tax evasion.

“As soon as the Incheon District Prosecutors’ Office finds that they have used illegally obtained assets to buy the buildings, we will ask for the seizure of the buildings and the freezing of their bank accounts,” said a source at the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office who refused to be identified.

The Ministry of Justice dispatched local investigators to discuss potential extradition. Yoo Som-na is in France on a temporary residence visa. Local prosecutors are laying the groundwork for grabbing those assets by discussing judicial assistance with the French government.

The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office has also asked the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations directorate to track down real estate and deposits under the names of the siblings or affiliates of the family business.

Yoo Som-na is believed to own and live in a luxury apartment near Paris’s Champs-Elysees. The apartment is reportedly worth 2.5 billion won ($2.44 million).

Yoo Hyeok-gi and his wife Elizabeth Yoo allegedly own at least three apartments in Manhattan and near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris estimated to be worth around $6.2 million altogether.
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May 30, 2014, 10:07:50 AM
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014, 10:07:50 AM »
May 27, 2014: France 1, Korea 0.
Well, that was pretty quick. I guess being in France, there weren't many cultists on hand to help her lay low. Surely some of her father's Louvre friends could have hid her somewhere inside the famous museum? I'm really curious to know how they found her and where. Perhaps she turned herself in? Whatever happened, the Frenchies are putting the Korean police to shame.

Sunken ferry owner’s daughter detained in France
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French law enforcement authorities on Tuesday arrested the oldest daughter of Yoo Byung-eon, the de facto owner of the sunken ferry Sewol, after the Korean police filed an Interpol red notice against two of the irregularity-ridden business tycoon’s four children last Friday.

Yoo’s daughter Som-na has been suspected of being paid shady funds from an affiliate of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the ill-fated Sewol, when she was the chief of a design firm.

After the extradition process, local investigators are expected to indict the 48-year-old suspect for pocketing company funds via alleged under-the-table deals with her father and family. Som-na had refused to respond to summons from the prosecution until now.
"... irregularity-ridden business tycoon"? That's a nice way of putting it :)

More here from The Korea Times:
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Yoo Byung-eun's eldest daughter, Seom-na, also known as Ennette Yoo, has been arrested in Paris, the Ministry of Justice said Tuesday. The ministry said it has asked French authorities to extradite her.

The arrest came days after the 48-year-old daughter and Yoo's second son Keith Yoo, 42, were put on Interpol's wanted list. Yoo and his four children have been hiding here and abroad to avoid investigations into corruption allegations against them.

Ministry officials said the French authorities will decide whether or not to send Seom-na to Korea after holding hearings required for extradition. She is the first member of Yoo's family to be arrested regarding the ferry disaster.

Seom-na headed Moreal Design, a Seoul-based design agency that earned most of its revenues by working for affiliates owned by the Yoo family. She is suspected of having embezzled some 8 billion won while engaging in transactions with Yoo's firms, including Dapanda. ...

The prosecution recently found that the second son, Keith Yoo, made a failed attempt to fly to France from the United States.
I don't quite understand how his "failed attempt" to fly to France didn't result in his arrest. There are certainly no shortage of police/Homeland Security personnel at American airports these days.

http://www.morealdesign.com/  Websites don't come much barer than that.
 
May 28, 2014: Daughter of Fugitive South Korea Ferry Owner Arrested, Faces Judge
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Yoo Som-Na , 47, was arrested Tuesday at her home near the Champs-Elysees in Paris under an international arrest warrant issued May 8 by South Korean officials. At the court hearing, a judge will determine whether Yoo should be detained in custody, pending a decision to extradite her to South Korea, or be released under judicial watch.
May 29: Fugitive Korean tycoon's daughter detained in Paris as part of Sewol investigation
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The daughter of a fugitive Korean tycoon accused of being responsible for last month's ferry disaster has been detained in custody in France, pending extradition proceedings. Judicial sources said a judge decided against releasing Yoo Som-Na on bail following her arrest on Tuesday under an international arrest warrant.

May 30, 2014, 10:08:40 AM
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014, 10:08:40 AM »
May 30, 2014: Ferry Owner's Daughter Fighting Extradition
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A French court on Wednesday rejected a bail request by the eldest daughter of Yoo Byung-eon, the de facto owner of Chonghaejin Marine, who was arrested in Paris on Tuesday. The decision came after the court reviewed the legality of her detention.

The court will now review the extradition of Yoo Sum-na (48) at the request of the Korean government while she remains in detention for up to 40 days. ...

But Yoo Sum-na has hired a high-profile lawyer to fight the extradition. Patrick Maisonneuve has defended a PR agency that was linked to an election funding scandal involving former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Omar Bongo, the former leader of Gabon. In 2009, Maisonneuve also defended the Church of Scientology on charges of profiting illegally.

Yoo Sum-na was alone when she was arrested by French police. She disappeared from her Paris apartment for a while when prosecutors in Korea began a massive investigation of her family last month but was nabbed during an early-morning raid.

The apartment on rue de Cerisoles near the Arc de Triomphe is just a five-minute walk from the French subsidiary of her father's company. The posh neighborhood is full of luxury boutiques and hotels, and apartments there command the highest prices in Paris. Yoo's apartment is on the second floor of a six-story building. It has two bedrooms and monthly rent is around 7,000 euros.

Her arrest has focused attention on the whereabouts of her husband, who owns a 15-percent stake in a publishing company owned by the Yoo family. He became CEO of the publishing company only last month, taking over from Yoo Byung-eon's second son, Hyuk-ki, and apparently returned to Korea from France to deal with the ongoing investigation, but it is unclear where he is now.
Fugitive Yoo May Be Armed
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Prosecutors said that Yoo and his eldest son, Yoo Dae-gyun, aren't together any more. They assume that the son is hiding in North Gyeongsang Province, specifically in Daegu.

May 31, 2014, 05:48:22 PM
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2014, 05:48:22 PM »
This article provides some more details about Som-na's current situation, the money she received from businesses owned by her family, and her actions following the sinking. Surely, she didn't hide in her own apartment?
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Yoo Seom-na ran Moraeal Design and received 80 million won every month as consulting fees from an affiliate, Dapanda. She received a total of 4.8 billion won and has allegedly embezzled 8 billion won. Yoo Seom-na left the country at around the time of the Sewol accident and reportedly hid in a luxury apartment in Paris.

The French minister of justice can decide whether to extradite Yoo back to South Korea. The minister is expected to decide in favor of extradition, since the two countries have an extradition treaty and have closely cooperated on judicial issues.

However, Yoo Seom-na can appeal the decision to extradite her, and this will be a variable in this case. If she refuses to accept the extradition decision and appeals, a trial will be held in France to determine the legitimacy of the extradition. In this case, her repatriation will be postponed until after the trial, and it may take a long time before she returns to Korea.

June 05, 2014, 12:52:32 PM
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 12:52:32 PM »
Some new details about Yoo's sons. It seems the family is very fond of France.
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Also evading arrest is Yoo’s eldest son Dae-gyun who bought an airplane ticket to France last month but didn’t board the plane. Yoo’s second son, Hyeok-gi, who is believed to live in the United States, also attempted to make his way to France but didn’t get on his booked flight.

Prosecutors yesterday arrested a man who allegedly helped Yoo Dae-gyun evade arrest. Investigators say the man is an adherent of a religious sect led by the elder Yoo. Authorities believe followers of the Christian sect are hiding Yoo and his son or aiding and abetting them.

June 09, 2014, 08:41:16 PM
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2014, 08:41:16 PM »
Ferry Owner's Daughter Claims She Is Victim of Witch Hunt
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The high-profile lawyer hired by Yoo Sum-na, the eldest daughter of fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byun-eon, has told French reporters she is the victim of a witch hunt in connection with the ferry disaster on April 16.

Yoo Sum-na was arrested in Paris earlier this week following an extradition request from the Korean government.

Patrick Maisonneuve in a press interview said Yoo is a "sacrificial lamb" for the deadly ferry disaster that killed more than 300 passengers.

He claimed she is innocent of embezzlement charges that are the ostensible reason for her arrest, saying she only gained control of an affiliate of ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine in 2008, four years after the alleged wrongdoings took place.

Maisonneuve, who began his legal practice in 1979, has become famous for taking on widely reviled high-profile clients that other lawyers have shunned.

June 12, 2014, 12:42:00 PM
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June 12, 2014: France holds South Korean tycoon's daughter
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A French judge has refused a request to free the daughter of a South Korean tycoon who is believed to be the owner of a ferry that sank on April 16, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing.

The judge said Wednesday that Yoo Somena, who was detained May 27 in Paris and is facing extradition to South Korea, might flee France where she has lived since the beginning of 2013.

He noted that Yoo's brother, who also lived in France, disappeared in April. French police arrested Yoo on an international arrest warrant on suspicion of involvement in embezzling $8 million between 2004 and 2013.

June 15, 2014, 12:19:45 PM
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June 12, 2014: Yoo’s daughter could appeal to EU
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The eldest daughter of fugitive Yoo Byung-eun, owner of the ill-fated ferry Sewol, is expected to appeal to the highest court in France as a Paris-based appellate court recently turned down her application for bail, pundits predicted on Thursday.

A prosecutor-turned-lawyer predicted on a TV program that Yoo’s daughter Seom-na will continue to lodge appeals over issues involving her rejected bail and Korean investigators’ efforts to garner French judges’ approval for her repatriation.

“She is projected to bring the case to the French Supreme Court, or even to judicial authorities of the European Union,” said the lawyer. “It may take up to one year to determine whether the country or the EU would hand her over to Korea.”

Yoo’s daughter has been suspected of being paid illegal funds from an affiliate of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the operator of the sunken Sewol, when she was the chief of a design firm. The Korean police have filed an Interpol red notice against two of the irregularity-ridden business tycoon’s four children.

The 47-year-old woman was arrested by French investigators near the Champs-Elysees in Paris in late May. ...

June 17, 2014, 08:32:46 AM
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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2014, 08:32:46 AM »
Yoo's second son masterminded embezzlement scheme
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Some of Yoo Byung-eun's close aides, currently on trial for embezzlement and breach of trust, said Monday that they regularly paid Yoo and his family at the behest of Yoo's second son, Hyuk-kee, and Kim Pil-bae, the former head of Moonjin Media.

During a first hearing for the eight key executives of Chonghaejin Marine, the operator of the sunken ferry Sewol and other firms secretly owned by Yoo, some admitted to violating rules to pay money to Yoo and his children. However, they claimed they were ordered to do so by the second son and Kim, who are still on the run.

Kim appears to be the mastermind of a web-like structure of ownership in Yoo's firms, controlled by individuals close to Yoo. Both Kim and Hyuk-kee left Korea before the prosecution's investigations began and never returned, ignoring multiple summonses. The prosecution has cancelled their passports and put them on Interpol's wanted list.

June 19, 2014, 09:45:31 AM
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July 17, 2014: Trial begins for executives who ran Yoo’s empire
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After the trial of crew members accused of abandoning the sinking ferry Sewol kicked off a week ago, legal proceedings against key executives of the group that operated the ferry began yesterday at Incheon District Court.

Eight people who held top positions at subsidiaries of the operator are charged with embezzlement and negligence of duty.

Prosecutors allege that the eight defendants helped siphon off corporate funds to give to Yoo Byung-eun, the patriarch of the family behind Chonghaejin Marine Company. The amount of money that the men allegedly took from the subsidiaries is estimated to be up to 26 billion won ($25.45 million).

The charged men include Song Kook-bin, president of direct marketing affiliate Dapanda. Song allegedly helped Yoo siphon off approximately 50 billion won from Dapanda by disguising it as commission fees, according to prosecutors.

Lee Gang-se and Lee Jae-young, the former and current presidents of affiliate Ahae Corporation, were also defendants. Ahae Corporation is a paint manufacturer owned by the Yoo family.

The authorities are claiming that Yoo often sold his photographic works to the paint company to extract money. The current president of the paint company allegedly purchased Yoo’s works on behalf of Ahae, while the former president helped Yoo extract more than 1 billion won from Ahae through an illegal lending scheme.

Yoo and his two sons are already facing a range of corruption charges, including embezzlement, tax evasion and illicit foreign trading.

The former president of Ahae said that those actions were company custom and had taken place before he became Ahae CEO.

Song Kook-bin, president of Dapanda, echoed that sentiment yesterday, claiming that corporate practices were directed by the second-oldest son of Yoo Byung-eun, Yoo Hyeok-gi.

The prosecutors in the court stated that the corporate culture of the companies controlled by the Yoo family is a far cry from that of typical companies.

“All of the high-ranking officials, shareholders and auditors consist of members of a religious sect led by Yoo,” a prosecutor said during the procedure.

“So there was no system to counter or monitor Yoo and the owning family.”

Prosecutors in court yesterday said that the income of Yoo and his four sons and daughters reported between 1999 and 2013 was estimated to be 56.7 billion won while some of the family businesses posted losses during that time.

“This type of corporate structure and culture could facilitate exploitation,” the prosecutors said.

For the forthcoming trials, the prosecutors will focus on pressing their claims that the patriarch ordered the financial misconducts. ...

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/06/116_159207.html

June 20, 2014, 06:24:31 PM
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July 20, 2014: Chief of sunken ferry's operator denies negligence charges
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The head of the operator of the sunken ferry Sewol denied at a court hearing Friday that his negligence led to the disaster that left more than 300 people dead.

The trial of Kim Han-sik, the chief executive of Chonghaejin Marine Co., and four of the company's executives began at 2 p.m. at Gwangju District Court in the country's southern city of the same name.

I guess the ferry sank because well... sometimes boats just sink for no reason.

June 21, 2014, 09:21:27 AM
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2014, 09:21:27 AM »
More here on yesterday's proceedings, including news that the former ambassador suspected of trying to secure asylum for Yoo has been arrested. He also happens to be Yoo's brother-in-law:
Chief of sunken ferry's operator denies negligence charges
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The head of the operator of the sunken ferry Sewol denied at a court hearing Friday that his negligence led to the disaster that left more than 300 people dead.

The trial of Kim Han-sik, the chief executive of Chonghaejin Marine Co., and four of the company's executives began at 2 p.m. at Gwangju District Court in the country's southern city of the same name.

The 72-year-old Kim and other officials were indicted on charges of professional negligence that allegedly caused the April 16 disaster and of violating the law on safe maritime navigation.

"As the CEO, (Kim) feels a sense of grave responsibility for the accident that resulted in many sacrifices," Kim's lawyer said during a preliminary hearing.

The lawyer, however, denied that Kim's negligence led to the sinking and eventually caused the death of some 300 people, mostly high school students.

Prosecutors allege that Chonghaejin, motivated by profit, routinely overloaded the ship with passengers and cargo even though its balance was substantially compromised after a remodeling. ...

As part of the investigation, investigators at Incheon District Prosecutors' office in the western port city of Incheon said Friday that they arrested the husband of Yoo's younger sister.

Oh Gab-riel, the former South Korean ambassador to Czech Republic, was put under arrest at his home in Seoul, prosecutors said.

"The prosecution is questioning Oh in connection with Yoo's escape," a prosecutor close to the investigation said, without giving further details.

It has been alleged that Yoo attempted to seek political asylum at a foreign embassy in Seoul through Oh.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/06/21/2014062100707.html

June 26, 2014, 03:38:05 PM
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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2014, 03:38:05 PM »
Yoo Dae-kyun during happier times blowing his own trumpet while entertaining jetlagged London Symphony Orchestra members in Seoul last year: http://blog.lso.co.uk/lso-on-tour/a-portrait-of-an-artist/

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I turned to Tom, “What just happened there?” “I’ve absolutely no idea mate. I think I might be jet lagged.”

Hopefully my comment, which is now awaiting moderation, will get the OK:
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If you see Mr. Yoo again, please let me know. I’m hoping to claim the $100,000 reward the cops put on information leading to his arrest.
The relevant (and very entertaining) section:
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We had lunch which was very nice. The restaurant was, I have to say, beautiful with a chandelier made from seashells and gold leaf brushed onto the ceiling and even some gold plated lobsters on the wall (and you thought boiling them alive was cruel). Another of Tomo’s friends was the waiter and so we were in the unique position of being in Korea in a Japanese restaurant being talked to in German. It kind of worked though.

After we had eaten we went next door to see his friend, the artist who was sat in a restaurant with a collection of artistic objects, sculptures, watches, paintings, antique cameras and a wall made of old leather trunks. Everywhere you looked there was something interesting to look at, an old harmonium, a grand piano, a pile of trumpets on a shelf, a chocolate statue of an angel…and all down one side were a number of bronzes of nudes, the head of Rodin and in every corner were hands. Bronze hands, plaster hands of different shapes and sizes but always in a state of movement, they were quite fascinating. As well as these were fantastic landscape photographs in high resolution prints on the wall. It was impressive anyway, but when it became clear that they were all the work of the same man sat before us, it was even more so.

We sat around a table as his own blend of tea (Trinitea, 3 blended together of course) was prepared for us and he talked about his concept of art and music when all of a sudden, an assistant appeared from behind a door and produced a piece of clay about the size of a fist. He absentmindedly squeezed and kneaded it in his hand and proceeded to make small animals which were all very charming, whilst continuing to talk about living in Korea and Paris and Vancouver…he gets around more than we do. He then gave us some clay to have a go too. Now I don’t mind telling you, I was pretty confident as I am expert with play dough. However I realised that I was in the presence of a real artist and so my postmodern interpretation of a sausage that I do for my daughter may not be enough; I was going to have to go further than I had ever gone before. I listened whilst kneading my clay and let my inner artist take control. I tried to find that internal spiritual area, the furnace of burning creativity all artists have and let the muse take my sculpting to as yet unexplored areas of innovation. Combining the inspiring man in front of me with my inner Rodin and jet lag, I breathed deeply, half closed my eyes and let my hands do the work. I felt at peace. I looked down to my open palms now covered with a light brown dusting of clay to see my first Korean sculpture. I had made a sausage. Embarrassed at my own inadequacy, I quickly converted it into something resembling a Brussel sprout and then made a face. Out of clay.

I showed it to him and he smiled and looked approvingly at it. It is difficult traveling around the world, encountering different body language and expressions to see what people sometimes really mean, but I am confident that despite his smiles, he thought it was crap. It was. I should have stopped at the sausage. Nevertheless, he stopped talking and listened to the music which was playing in the background which was the Four Seasons on accordion. I think I might be jet lagged.

No, it really was Vivaldi on the accordion, or Bayan specifically. He talked about the way the players hands would look and then as quick as a flash he sculpted a hand from the clay much like all the larger bronzes around the room. It was astonishing. I surreptitiously put my clay back on the table. Malcy looked forlornly at the dragon he had made, which I thought was rather good.

Daekyoon Yoo was very good indeed, not only as an artist but  as a cabaret entertainer, so much better than balloon animals. It was at this point that he wandered over to the pile of trumpets and began to serenade us with a short recital of some Scarlatti and then as Malcy is Scottish, he played him Danny Boy. After this he produced a pile of old pocket watches which he collects and then insisted that we all took one away as a gift. Being British we protested that we couldn’t possibly, but eventually relented and so after a fascinating afternoon, after signing his visitors book with the heaviest Cartier pen I’ve ever held in my life we left in a rush to get back for the rehearsal armed with a book each of his works, an old pocket watch …oh and small bag of salt from the salt farm he runs on an island. I’m really not making this up. On the way back to the hotel, I turned to Tom, “What just happened there?”

“I’ve absolutely no idea mate. I think I might be jet lagged.”

July 14, 2014, 11:12:17 PM
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July 3, 2014: French court to decide on whether to extradite Yoo's daughter in September
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A French court has decided to hold a hearing in September on whether to extradite the eldest daughter of Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of the sunken Sewol ferry, to Korea.

The Court of Appeal of Paris held a preliminary hearing Wednesday (local time), notifying Seom-na, also known as Ennette Yoo, on why she is wanted by Korean law enforcement authorities. She is suspected of embezzling 8 billion won ($7.9 million) from a design company that she owns.

When the court asked Seom-na whether she agreed to be sent back to Korea, she said she did not want to be extradited. The court then decided to hold an extradition hearing on Sept. 17 and will issue a ruling the same day.

Even if the appeals court decides to extradite the daughter of the country's most-wanted fugitive, she can still appeal to France's highest administrative court. She is widely expected to do so, meaning that it will take longer for law enforcement authorities here to secure her custody.

At Wednesday's hearing, Seom-na asked the court again to grant her bail. Earlier last month, she applied for bail but the court rejected it, saying that she could flee the country. ...

July 16, 2014, 12:13:32 PM
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July 16, 2014: Senior Coast Guard official probed over alleged graft
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A ranking Cost Guard official with suspected ties to the sunken ferry Sewol operator is under investigation over his alleged connection to corruption in the shipping industry, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Lee Yong-wook, who formerly served as a director-level official within the embattled agency, was dismissed from his position earlier this year following revelations that he had previously worked at Semo Group, the now-defunct predecessor of ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine Co., between 1991 and 1997.

Investigators at the Incheon District Prosecutors' Office in the western port city of Incheon said they summoned Lee earlier this week for questioning as part of their investigation into malpractice and corruption in the shipping industry.

"It is true that (Lee) was summoned to face questioning but we cannot reveal detailed charges against him as it is an ongoing investigation," said a prosecutor close to the investigation.

Prosecutors have been investigating collusive ties between regulators and shipping companies, which have long been blamed for widespread corruption and lax safety enforcement of the kind that caused April's ferry sinking.

Lee also was previously one of the followers of a religious cult in which Yoo Byung-eun, a fugitive billionaire who owns Chonghaejin, remains influential, prosecutors said.