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Moon's Son Sues Mother
« on: May 02, 2011, 11:18:54 PM »
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Rev. Moon's Family Embroiled in Lawsuit

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The third son of Moon Sun-myung, the founder and leader of the Unification Church, has filed a suit against his mother, accusing her of having wired 23.8 billion won ($22.3 million) from his company to her missionary association without his consent.

The Seoul Western District Court confirmed Monday that Washington Times Aviation Inc. (WTA), controlled by Rev. Moon’s third son, Hyun-jin, 42, filed the suit against the association run by his mother, Han Hak-ja, in January.

In a court statement, WTA demanded the association return the “illegally-gained” money to the aviation firm.

The court said WTA had earned an injunction banning the use of the disputed money in 2009 and then filed the suit. The first court hearing was held late last month.


Third son of Unification Church founder Moon files lawsuit against his mother

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SEOUL, May 2 (Yonhap) -- The third son of Moon Sun-myung, the founder and leader of the controversial Unification Church, has filed a lawsuit against his mother to get back his company's money allegedly sent to her missionary group without his consent, court officials said Monday.

   Moon Hyun-jin, 42, chairman of the Unification Church International, the parent company of Washington Times Aviation Inc. (WTA), demanded 23.8 billion won (US$22.3 million) in illegal profits be returned in the suit filed in January against the missionary foundation of the Unification Church, they said.

   The missionary group is run by his mother, Han Hak-ja, 68.

   "The former WTA president Joo Dong-moon made three transfers totaling 23.8 billion won from the company's account to the missionary foundation without permission after he was fired in October 2009," the younger Moon claimed in a statement submitted to the Seoul Western District Court. "The foundation should return the money."

   The younger Moon lodged the civil case after the Seoul court put the money under provisional attachment in 2009, court officials said.

   Moon Sun-myung, 91, is one of the world's most controversial religious figures and his business interests range from heavy machinery to media, including the U.S.-based Washington Times newspaper.

   The church claims to have 3 million members worldwide.