Abortion in Korea

Appeared in the Korea Times11/30/2007 by Sean Hayes  (host of this blog)www.ipglegal.com Dear Sean, ― my Korean girlfriend is pregnant and we would like to abort the fetus. I was told abortion is illegal in Korea? What can we do? Full of Anxiety, in Gangnam Dear Anxiety, Chapter XXVII of the Criminal Code prohibits procuring and administering abortions. However, in 1973, the Maternal and Child Health and the Mother and

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Kwangju Mayor’s Case Not Planned

Kwangju Mayor’s Case Not Planned Korea Times 11-14-2005 by Sean Hayes Dear Attorney Hayes: Why did a San Francisco Airport search for over an hour a mayor of a major Korean city? Is this just the U.S. trying to punish Koreans for not permissively following America? If the mayor is treated like this how will an average citizen be treated? From Worried and Angry in Yosu. Dear Worried: According to

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Foreigners’ Drug Use in Korea

Foreigners’ Drug Use Appeared in Korea Times on September 7, 2007. Dear Professor Sean Hayes: I have been charged with the consumption and possession of drugs. I am being held at a detention center south of Seoul. I was arrested in Itaewon and tested positive for THC (marijuana). My home was searched and they found marijuana in my house. What can I do? I don’t want to serve time in

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Ex-police chief arrested for alleged cover-up of revenge

Ex-police chief arrested for alleged cover-up of revenge A Seoul court issued an arrest warrant late Thursday for a former Seoul police station chief accused of trying to cover up an alleged assault involving a local tycoon, according to Yonhap News Agency. Jang Hee-gon, the former head of the Namdaemun Police Station in downtown Seoul, is suspected of abusing power and neglecting duty by ordering subordinates to stop an investigation

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Middle school girl gang-raped by classmates: police

Hankyoreh March, 30, 2007 Middle school girl gang-raped by classmates: police Assault underscores need for sex education overhaul, experts say A group of South Korean male middle school students were arrested for allegedly having repeatedly gang-raped a female classmate on school grounds, sending shockwaves across the nation. Regarding the alleged attacks, experts say that teenagers are exposed to pornograghic films and images without receiving proper sex education, and thus do

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Foreigner dies as doctors stage protest

Foreigner dies as doctors stage protest An immigrant worker died Wednesday because doctors from across the country staged a protest in Seoul. The 33-year-old Thai man reportedly had been waiting to receive treatment to remove a chicken bone lodged in his throat. The man had collapsed while having lunch at a factory in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, according to local police. He was rushed to a nearby medical clinic by his

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More Koreans Engage in Sex Trade in US

By Park Chung-a Korea TimesStaff Reporter The number of Korean women engaged in prostitution overseas _ both voluntary or forced _ has been steadily increasing after the government’s crackdown on the domestic sex industry in 2004. According to the U.S. State Department on Monday, based on the law for protecting victims of slave trading, the country provided shelter to 230 foreign victims in 2005 and Koreans accounted for the largest

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Korea Spy Agency increases Spying

By Kim Tae-gyu Staff Reporter The National Intelligence Service (NIS), the country’s spy agency, is wiretapping more and more fixed-line phones and tracking the e-mail messages of Koreans.The Ministry of Information and Communication on Tuesday said the NIS traced a total of 8,440 phones or messages last year, up 4.4 percent from 8,082 in 2005. This contrasts to other law enforcement agencies like prosecutors, police and military agencies, which substantially

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Foreign teacher held on drug charges

March 20, 2007 Joonang Ilbo A 24-year-old Canadian English teacher has been detained on charges of smoking hashish, the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office said yesterday. Four Canadians and one Australian who teach or had taught at private academies in Seoul and Gyeonggi province have also been investigated on the same charge but were not detained, prosecutors said. According to prosecutors, the Canadian man, who teaches English at a private academy

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Drug Confession on Blog Leads to Bust by Seoul Police

The Marmot’s Hole has a post on how an office worker who posted on his website that he smoked pot in the Netherlands led to the police arresting the individual. What NOT to post on your blog in Korea A 38-year-old office worker got a rude introduction to the perils of blogging when he posted about his pot-smoking experience in the Netherlands on his blog [Segye Ilbo, Korean].You guessed it—the

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Sidewalk motorcyclists to face stiffer penalties

Sidewalk motorcyclists to face stiffer penalties March 20, 2007 Joongangilbo The National Police Agency announced it will enforce a massive crackdown in May against motorcyclists who ride their bikes on sidewalks and crosswalks. The practice is the source of many complaints by foreign visitors to Korea. According to a recent agency survey of 154,000 motorcyclists at 50 major intersections nationwide, more than nine out of 10 crossed roads on pedestrian

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Suspected Kidnapper Nabbed

By Kim Rahn Korea Times The police Friday arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of orchestrating last month’s kidnapping of a golf course owner. The suspect, Chong Song-il, is the son of Chong In-suk, a woman who was believed to be the mistress of a high-ranking official in the 1960s and who died mysteriously. Incheon International Airport Police arrested Chong near his house in southern Seoul early yesterday morning, 18

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Investigation of Homicides in Korea

Tiny clues shed light on brutal homicides March 13, 2007 Joongang Ilbo A breakthrough in a murder case can come from a tiny piece of evidence. It can be a miniscule blood stain or a fingerprint on a discarded bottle, but solid evidence is hard to come by. To find the vital piece may require the search of a thousand homes and several weeks of sleepless nights. But without decisive

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Rape Sentences Egregiously Low

This column appears in the Korea Times every Wednesday. Rape Sentences Egregiously Low Dear Professor Sean Hayes: I was very surprised when the American soldier convicted of raping a 67 year old woman only received 4 years in jail. I know in my home, Vancouver, anyone convicted of rape will receive a substantially higher sentence. Did the convicted receive a short sentence because of the influence of the United States

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Crimes Out of Desperation Increase

By Park Chung-a Korea Times In a 1948 Italian movie “The Bicycle Thief,’’ Antonio, a middle-aged breadwinner ends up becoming a bicycle thief as a way to overcome his desperate situation arising from economic hardship. Now there is an increasing number of such “bicycle thieves’’ whose crimes are linked to trying to improving their desperate lot in the country. Last week, a 42-year-old man identified by his last name Kang,

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Lone Star’s KEB Deal Said Illegal

By Na Jeong-juStaff Reporter Korea Times State auditors said Monday Lone Star Funds, a U.S. private equity fund, was not eligible to acquire Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) in 2003, but financial regulators approved the deal in violation of the law. Following its audit of Lone Star’s qualification to become the majority shareholder of KEB, the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) concluded it was illegal for the Financial Supervisory Commission

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US Soldier Sentenced to 4 Years for Rape

Pvt. Geronimo Ramirez, a 23 year old U.S. Soldier, was sentenced to four years in jail for the rape and beating of a 67 year old women. The largest question in this case is not the obvious, but the fact that the Court only sentenced the soldier to 4 years in jail. Rape is only second to Murder and maybe attempted murder in seriousness. Rape affects the victim in the

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Blue Wall of Silence in the Land of the Morning Calm

The below article, appearing in the Chosun Ilbo today, displays the general attitude of many police in Korea. Police are too willing to protect other police who break the law. Here, a police Commissioner General allegedly was caught saying that police should “take it easy” on other police who violate drunk driving laws. Is the Commissioner General ordering his subordinates to not arrest police that drive drunk? As in most

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Warrant for Guards Sought for Immigration Fire

March 07, 2007 Joongang ilbo South Jeolla police said yesterday that a detainee at the Yeosu Immigration Office set the fire that killed 10 and injured 17 others last month, and sought arrest warrants for four security guards on charges of neglecting their duties.Police are investigating eight guards at the center who were on duty that night, Kim Jan-wan, chief of Yeosu Police, said yesterday in a briefing. The guards

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Can Legalization of Prostitution Work?

Korea Times Wednesday March 6, 2007 The column is entitled Lex Pro Bono and appears every Wednesday. Can Legalization of Prostitution Work? Dear Professor Sean Hayes:I am puzzled by the fact that prostitution is still rampant in Korea even though supposedly the police havecracked down on prostitution. Has the police trulycracked down on prostitution or is this just a publicrelations ploy? Puzzled Foreigner Dear Puzzled Foreigner: The police have cracked

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