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Gov't to create DNA database for convicted felons

All Headlines 11:25 December 30, 2009

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will enforce a new anti-crime law beginning next year that will allow authorities to collect and store DNA samples of convicted felons for use in future investigations, government officials said Wednesday.

The National Assembly has approved a new law on use and protection of DNA information aimed at reducing recidivism among violent criminals, the Justice Ministry said in a release. The law will take effect in July next year.

Under the new law, prosecutors and police will be authorized to collect DNA samples from individuals arrested for 11 types of violent crime, including murder, armed robbery, rape, sexual assault against children, drug use, kidnapping and extortion, ministry officials said.

Crime labs will then develop profiles from the samples and enter them into the government's databank.

The first cases to be affected by the new law are those of serial killer Kang Ho-soon and Cho Doo-soon, who was sentenced to 12 years in jail for raping an eight-year-old girl. Both men will have their DNA samples stored.

The ministry expects to ultimately store DNA samples from nearly 30,000 convicted felons every year, according to the officials.

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