South Korean conglomerate boss convicted of rape

first_imgThe former chief of a South Korean conglomerate was convicted of raping his maid and sexually assaulting a secretary Friday but only given a suspended sentence.Kim Jun-ki, the 75-year-old ex-chairman of DB Group, which has activities in finance and steel, repeatedly violated the two women, the Seoul Central District Court found.But it gave him a 30-month jail sentence suspended for four years, on the grounds of his age and what it said was the “forgiveness” of his victims. Topics : South Korea’s economy is dominated by a number of family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebol. They are credited with a key role in powering the country’s economic growth, but are also accused of murky connections to power.Kim was DB Group’s chairman at the time of the offences in 2016-17, and admitted most of the charges.”Even though Kim was in the position of a conglomerate leader who needed to show socially exemplary behavior, he forgot such responsibilities and assaulted his secretary and housemaid several times,” the court said, describing his crimes as “bad”.Kim, who had been in custody, was released after the hearing. Prosecutors had sought a five-year sentence.center_img Critics accuse the country’s courts of showing leniency to chaebol family members.Previously, leaders of the Hyundai Motor, Samsung and SK groups have been given suspended sentences, and later presidential pardons.Their offences were generally financial, such as corruption, tax evasion or embezzlement, and charges of sexual offences against chaebol chiefs are unusual.Many of the conglomerates have highly hierarchical, rigid management structures and an opaque governance style that can enable workplace abuse.In one high-profile case, a Korean Air heiress threw a temper tantrum over how she was served macadamias, making a crew member kneel on the floor to beg forgiveness and ordering the aircraft back to the gate so he could be thrown off, earning herself instant “nut rage” notoriety.last_img read more

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Opening night is Saturday at Bethany Speedway

first_imgPit gates open at 5 p.m., grandstand gates open at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing is at 7:30 p.m. By Rick Staley BETHANY, Mo. – Historic Bethany Speedway roars into the 2019 racing season this Saturday, April 6 with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. With 70 degree temperatures forecast come and enjoy the comfort of covered grandstands and yard chair box seats for the low grandstand admission price of $10. Bethany Speedway is proud to welcome back Toot Toot Family Restaurant and Lounge, HyVee Grocery, Pettijohn’s Auto Center, Advanced Tire, Judy Staley Photography, Lake Road Warehouse, Boller Motorsports and Reemers Designs as sponsors for 2019.last_img read more

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Detained Nimba Rioters’ Fates Remain With Court

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has affirmed that those who took part in the riot in Nimba in early July that resulted into the destruction of properties valued in the millions of US dollars belonging to Arcelor Mittal, will certainly face the full weight of the law, if found guilty.Speaking to a group of reporters at the close of her Nimba tour on Tuesday, President Sirleaf said the government will not tolerate anyone taking the law into his/her own hands by destroying properties worth millions of United States dollars.Her remarks came after she made a brief stopover in Zolowee, where the parents of those detained from the recent rioting in Yekepa appealed for the release of their children from jail.“We spent years trying to encourage investors to come in and the investors have spent millions of dollars building roads, hospitals as well as developing the minds of the citizens and at the same time creating thousands of jobs,” she declared.“How can we allow anyone to destroy all of this? Yet you cannot give some reason through an investigation and tell us what made them angry,” she added.The President said the parents were  suppose have the responsibility to caution their children and ask them why they were destroying bridges built by their government and properties that make their country a better place, instead of coming to beg for them.She maintained that if the young people have a problem they should be able to tell their parents, elders, chiefs, ministers or even the President, instead of just destroying properties.Early in July 2014 the youth, under the banner “Progressive Tokadeh Youth for Development based around the mining communities in Yekepa, carried out a riot resulting into the destruction of millions of dollars’ worth of properties belonging to Arcelor Mittal. Dozens of the rioters, mostly youth, were arrested and are still awaiting court trial, which might likely take place in Grand Bassa.President Sirleaf, while en route to Yekepa on day-long working visit to Nimba, listened to the citizens and parents of the detainees who appealed for pardon for their children. She said, however, that if the government shows mercy on the rioters without going through the due process of law, then they would feel free to continue such acts.“These acts, although committed against one company, would certainly deter other investors from coming,” she warned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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