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July 24, 2014, 08:23:19 PM
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Re: Yoo Byeung-eun's Body Found?
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2014, 08:23:19 PM »
Oh give him the money, you cheapskates ;)

July 23, 2014: Will Man Who Found Dead Ferry Owner Get His Reward?
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A 77-year-old man who found the decomposed body of ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon on June 12 could collect the W500 million bounty for reporting the discovery (US$1=W1,025).

It is the biggest reward ever offered for the capture of a criminal in Korea.

Authorities are saying they are not in a position to discuss the reward and the decision will be made by a committee at a later date. But many legal experts believe the man, identified as Park, will not be able to get entire W500 million because he reported to the police without knowing that the body was Yoo's.

But neither did the police. ...

July 24, 2014, 08:27:49 PM
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« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2014, 08:27:49 PM »
This article has photos of where Yoo was hiding and photos of his stockpile of cash.

July 24, 2014: Ferry Owner Hid in Cottage Wall During Raid

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July 23, 2014: Massive Manhunt Proves Waste of Time
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The aftermath of the April 16 ferry disaster descended into grim farce when a massive manhunt for fugitive ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon proved nothing but a 40-day wait to identify a corpse.

Police put a W500 million (US$1=W1,025) bounty on Yoo's head, while thousands of police and military personnel were mobilized, although his decomposed body was found on June 12, just 2.5 km from a summer home which police raided on May 25, and a mere 300 m from a temporary checkpoint.

It took 40 days to identify the body, which was discovered by a local resident, resulting in a huge waste of taxpayers' money. ...

July 24, 2014, 08:35:09 PM
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« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2014, 08:35:09 PM »
Ineptitude on a Mind-Boggling Scale
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Fugitive ferry owner and cult leader Yoo Byung-eon was found dead in southwestern Korea more than 40 days ago while a massive manhunt for him continued unabated. DNA tests of the body found in a field in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province on June 12 turned up a 99-percent match with Yoo's DNA, and fingerprint analysis yielded a perfect match as well.

This is simply unbelievable. On June 10, two days before Yoo's body was discovered, prosecutors and police held a joint meeting with military brass and officials from the Ministry of Security and Public Administration to discuss coordinated strategies to arrest the nation's most-wanted fugitive. Even a Navy warship was dispatched to search for Yoo in case he attempted to flee by sea. ...

July 24, 2014, 08:43:40 PM
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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2014, 08:43:40 PM »
July 23, 2014: Cult Followers in Limbo After Ferry Owner's Death
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... Lee Tae-jong, a sect spokesman, claimed that the body found in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province on June 12 with several bottles of rice wine and soju was not Yoo's. He reasoned their leader "never drinks alcohol" and could not possibly have decomposed almost to the bone in just two weeks.

When the police confirmed that the body had been positively identified by DNA, key disciples gathered at the compound to discuss future plans and cancelled the planned release of a press statement.

Cho Gye-woong, another spokesman, said, "The information is different from what we have. We will disclose it later when all is confirmed."
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Experts said the body probably decayed rapidly due to the high temperature and humidity, compounded by insects and maggots as the corpse lay in the woods.

During the 18 days, the average temperature in Suncheon, where the cottage is located, ranged between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius, while humidity was high following a week of rain.

Yoo Sung-ho at Seoul National University said, "Yoo's body was exposed to high temperatures and humidity levels, and his coat probably sped up the process of decomposition by maintaining a warm environment for bacteria to multiply. The surrounding area is mostly woods, exposing the body to animals and insects, so his skin appears to have decayed rapidly."

Lee Yoon-sung, also at SNU, said, "It’s not common for a body to decay to this extent just 15 days after death, but it is not impossible."

July 25, 2014, 06:48:47 AM
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« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2014, 06:48:47 AM »
July 25, 2014: Justice chief pressured to quit
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The justice minister and chiefs of the two major law enforcement agencies have been pressured to step down from their posts for failing to capture the runaway Yoo Byung-eun, owner of the sunken ferry Sewol, alive.

On Thursday, two days after police confirmed Yoo’s death, Incheon District Prosecutors’ Office head Choi Jae-kyung tendered his resignation to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office.

Lawmakers say that Choi’s superiors should also be held accountable. Among the targeted officials are Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, Prosecutor General Kim Jin-tae and National Police Agency Commissioner General Lee Sung-han. ...

The forensic service and police have summoned the former family dentist of Yoo to reconfirm the body’s identification via an examination of the oral cavity and teeth. ...

While the state forensic agency is poised to unveil the cause of Yoo’s death on the basis of its DNA test and autopsy on the corpse on Friday, pundits stress that it is urgent for investigators to arrest the Sewol owner’s two aides ― chauffeur Yang Hoi-jeong and female follower Kim Myung-sook ― to clear up a variety of allegations surrounding his death.

Yang and Kim, both in their 50s, are suspected of having sheltered Yoo after the April 16 sinking catastrophe.

Lawyer Kang Min-koo alleged that Yoo was not alone right before he died. “Someone might have been beside him when Yoo died. Or someone could have moved his dead body to the farm (in Suncheon),” he told a TV news provider on Thursday.

Central Police Academy professor Kim Bok-joon shared the view that Yoo’s regular chauffeur Yang may hold the key to revealing the exact cause of his death. Kim also focused on the fact that the female aide Shin Myung-hee, 64, gave herself up to the prosecution on June 13 ― only one day after Yoo’s body was discovered. ...

Some observers including former devotees of the Salvation Sect, which was led by Yoo, predicted that Yoo’s second son, Hyuk-kee, could succeed his father as head of the religious group.

The 42-year-old Yoo Hyuk-kee, who has American citizenship and is known as Keith H. Yoo, is reportedly residing in the United States.

July 25, 2014, 06:53:22 AM
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« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2014, 06:53:22 AM »
July 25: Yoo’s autopsy may not fully settle cause or time of his death
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The National Forensic Service (NFS) is set to release the results of an in-depth autopsy of Yoo Byung-eun, the de facto owner of the doomed Sewol ferry that sank April 16 killing more than 300 people, today at 10 a.m.

But experts said a conclusive cause of death may be elusive considering the wretched state of Yoo’s corpse when it was discovered more than six weeks ago - which is bound to fuel already rampant conspiracy theories of a government cover-up.

Five forensic pathologists in Korea contacted by the JoongAng Ilbo agreed that it would be hard to trace the cause of Yoo’s death since about 80 percent of the body is known to have decayed. ...

July 25, 2014, 06:56:55 AM
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« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2014, 06:56:55 AM »
July 23: Yoo’s Death Makes Additional Collection of His Property Impossible, Challenges in Claiming Right to Indemnity As Well
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The death of Yoo Byeong-eon, former chairman of the Semo Group was confirmed on July 22, and his death has made it impossible for the government to further collect Yoo’s property for his illegal activities of embezzlement and breach of trust. It appears the government will also face challenges in claiming the right to indemnity to charge Yoo for the rescue costs and the compensation for the victims’ families, which is expected to reach in the 400 billion won level.

An official from the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office announced that the prosecutors will cancel their order of “preservation for additional collection” of Yoo’s property. The prosecutors were forced to announce, “no arraignment right” due to Yoo’s death, so additional collection of property which requires a guilty verdict is impossible. Preservation for additional collection is a measure taken to block criminals from hiding the profits gained by criminal activities before a guilty verdict is declared. In the case of Yoo, the prosecutors had taken such actions to further collect the profits Yoo earned through illegal activities such as embezzlement and breach of trust, after they caught Yoo and the court found him guilty.

So far, the prosecutors have frozen 105 billion won worth of property owned by the Yoo family with an order to preserve for additional collection. Of this property, 60 billion won is Yoo’s sole property while the rest is reportedly owned by his children. Therefore, it is now impossible to make additional claims for the 60 billion won. However, if the illegal activities of Yoo’s children are acknowledged in court, the state can make additional claims to their property. ...

July 25, 2014, 09:14:28 AM
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« Reply #23 on: July 25, 2014, 09:14:28 AM »
The great headlines continue:
July 25: Botched hunt for Yoo claims some bigshot scalps
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The opposition party was tougher in chastising law enforcement agencies, demanding more resignations.

“I’d like to ask Hwang if he is willing to suggest the dismissal of the prosecutor general and the chief of the National Police Agency,” said Representative Park Ji-won of the NPAD during the meeting, “You need to resign as well.”

The justice minister skirted that demand by saying, “Our top priority now is to conduct a further investigation into Yoo’s death.” ...

July 25, 2014, 10:59:42 AM
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« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2014, 10:59:42 AM »
The conclusion is inconclusive:
State forensic lab fails to find cause of ferry owner's death
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The state forensic laboratory said Friday that it was impossible to determine the cause of death for the fugitive shipping tycoon allegedly responsible for April's ferry disaster as his body was badly decayed.

The body of Yoo Byung-eun, a 73-year-old billionaire who owned Sewol operator Chonghaejin Marine Co., was found on a remote hill in the southern part of the country last month.

Announcing the results of a toxicology test and an autopsy conducted on the reclusive owner, the National Forensic Service said that "it could not conclude the cause since the body was severely decomposed."

The Korea Herald offers some more details:
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The National Forensic Service said Friday that a three-day autopsy has not determined the cause of death of fugitive Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of the sunken ferry Sewol.

The state forensic agency said the autopsy failed due to the body’s state of heavy decay. The NFS only confirmed that the corpse, which was found on June 12 by a farmer, was that of the 73-year-old Yoo.

National Forensic Service chief Seo Joong-seok announces the result of its autopsy on the dead body of Yoo Byung-eun in Seoul on Friday.

Concerning the liquor bottles found near the corpse, no poisonous contents were discovered, NFS officials said. The forensic agency, which initially secured the body on Tuesday, clarified that it has found “no trace of murder.”

Some criminal profilers dismissed the possibility that the runaway committed suicide, while others raised the scenario that Yoo died a natural death from hypothermia. Other critics have not ruled out the possibility that Yoo’s aides offered him poisoned water or other drinks.


July 25, 2014, 12:54:56 PM
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« Reply #26 on: July 25, 2014, 12:54:56 PM »
July 23, 2014: Long Memo from Ferry Owner Found
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Prosecutors have obtained a long, rambling memo written by ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun during his flight from the police since April 23, it emerged Tuesday.

The memo, which covers 31 pages of A4 paper, sneers at law enforcement for not being able to find him despite mobilizing thousands of forces.

Yoo’s body was found in a badly decomposed state three weeks after he fled a raid on his hideout on May 25, suggesting he had little time to enjoy his triumph.

Yoo also complains that the media portrayed him unfairly, and claims to have been made a scapegoat for the April 16 ferry disaster by presidential aides excessively loyal to President Park Geun-hye.

The disaster is being largely blamed on massive mismanagement and greed by ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine, which Yoo owned.

Police allegedly found the letter on May 25 when they raided a cottage in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, where Yoo had been hiding.

It is written in backward script. Yoo started to write in this manner after he was imprisoned on fraud charges in 1991.

July 25: Ferry Owner's Driver Holds Key to Mysterious Death
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The chauffeur of ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon has become the focus of the increasingly bizarre investigation of his boss' mysterious death near a summer cottage in southwestern Korea.

Police believe Yang Hoe-jung, who remains at large, may be able to explain why Yoo was found dead in an advanced state of decomposition on June 12. One question looming large is why he left Yoo alone in Suncheon and headed to Jeonju as police were about to raid the cottage.

The last people to see the fugitive cult leader were Yang and Yoo's secretary, identified by her surname Shin. Yang, who is also a carpenter, refurbished the cottage before Yoo sought refuge there, masking the windows with fabric to keep light from seeping out at night. He also apparently built the secret compartment in the cottage walls where Yoo hid during the police raid.

The chauffeur had been with Yoo since he went on the run on May 3 but fled by car on his own on May 25 after he learned about the police raid in a nearby restaurant and headed for Jeonju. He was captured on CCTV at a freeway intersection at 3:10 p.m. and again in Jeonju at 5:30 p.m. and at 8:16 a.m. the following day getting out of his car with his sister-in-law in a parking lot.

Yang's sister-in-law, also surnamed Yoo but no relation, told prosecutors later Yang appeared out of nowhere and said he left Yoo alone in the woods in Suncheon and asked her help to go rescue him.

But the sister-in-law refused to help him and instead drove Yang to the compound owned by Yoo's cult south of Seoul. That was the last time he was seen.

When Yang fled the cottage, he had plenty of time to take Yoo to another hideout. It is unclear whether he panicked or what other reason he had to abandon Yoo at the cottage. He may have left Yoo in the care of another person before heading off to Jeonju to throw investigators off the track.

July 25, 2014, 04:56:53 PM
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« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2014, 04:56:53 PM »
Here's something new. I don't recall coming across the name Tony Knight before. Michael Ham handled the first press release distributed on April 25. I guess he's been replaced by Tony?

July 23, 2014: The strange saga of now-dead billionaire South Korean ferry owner Yoo Byung-un
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...How the 73-year-old died is unknown. Also unclear was why, if South Korean authorities have long had Yoo’s body, they apologized as recently as Monday for their failure to capture him.

Some 139 people, including the captain and crew of the ferry, have been arrested in relation to the ship’s sinking. While Yoo was sought in connection with the disaster, the charges against him — embezzlement, breach of trust and tax evasion — appeared more tangentially related. “I can’t help but wonder how this would play with the U.S. media if something similar happened here,” the tycoon’s publicist, Tony Knight, wrote in e-mail on June 16, days after Yoo’s body was apparently discovered.

Knight and Yoo’s organization — the Evangelical Baptist Church, often called a cult — perceived a “cover up.”

“I don’t know where he is,” confessed Knight, who issued to The Post nearly a dozen voluminous notes that included heavily annotated Korean newspaper clippings he said proved Yoo’s innocence in any number of Yoo-related scandals. “The Korean reports I sent you are also reputable outlets. … Here’s more — did I send you these before?”

He had. Three times, in fact. But the dedication the publicist evinced in his quest to disprove streams of media reports damning the Korean billionaire illustrated one of Yoo’s most remarkable traits: his ability to engender loyalty. ...


July 26, 2014, 11:31:21 AM
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« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2014, 11:31:21 AM »
I guess more heads will roll:

Prosecutors Hid Key Information About Raid
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... According to law enforcement sources, prosecution investigators knew blunders were made during the raid and informed the prosecutor general, but the information was not passed on to neither police nor Cheong Wa Dae (The Blue House - the President's residence and office)

This leads to suspicions that prosecutors believed their blunders would be forgotten once Yoo was arrested and admitted them only when the cult leader’s dead body, which had been found as long ago as June 12, was finally identified on Tuesday.

Police have slammed prosecutors for withholding such key information, which would have saved them from continuing a massive nationwide manhunt.

If police had known Yoo fled in a rush, leaving behind bags of cash, they would have bolstered their search in the immediate vicinity. "We thought Yoo was trying to escape by boat and stepped up checks at ports around the country along with the military," a police officer said. "As a result, we wasted a month and huge amounts of taxpayers' money searching for him in the wrong place." ...