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Police seek warrant to arrest Hanwha chief's son for assaulting bar employees

All Headlines 17:31 January 06, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- Police requested an arrest warrant for the third son of Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-youn on Friday over allegations he assaulted two bar employees the previous day.

Kim Dong-seon, 27, was taken to Gangnam Police Station early Thursday after beating the workers, whose identities were withheld, at a bar in southern Seoul at around 3:30 a.m.

The younger Kim, who is a member of the equestrian team of South Korea's eighth-largest business group and official at Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp., is also suspected of destroying the interior of a patrol car while being escorted to the police station.

Police earlier said they decided to seek a warrant because of the seriousness of the crime and his record of committing a similar violence in the past.

After a police examination late on Thursday, Kim told reporters he will fully cooperate with the investigation and take time for self-reflection.

Kim Dong-seon, the third son of Hanwha Group Chairman Kim Seung-youn, is interrogated at Gangnam Police Station in Seoul on Jan. 5, 2017, after allegedly assaulting two bar employees and destroying a patrol car while being escorted to the police station earlier in the day. The younger Kim is a member of the group's equestrian team and an official at Hanwha Engineering & Construction Corp. (Yonhap)

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