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Security command general arrested for alleged surveillance of civilians

All News 20:28 September 05, 2018

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- A military security command general was arrested Wednesday on charges of carrying out illegal surveillance of civilians affected by the sinking of the ferry Sewol.

A general military court issued an arrest warrant for Maj. Gen. So Gang-won, who served as the chief of staff of the Defense Security Command (DSC), for alleged involvement in monitoring the bereaved families of victims of the 2014 ferry disaster.

He is the first figure to be taken into custody since a military probe team investigating the wrongdoings of the now-disbanded DSC was launched in July.

On Tuesday, the team said that So played a major role in keeping the Sewol families under military surveillance.

The former Park Geun-hye government felt uncomfortable with the sinking of the Sewol, which left some 300 people dead. It caused intense public criticism of the then-conservative government's inept management of the crisis.

The investigators have been looking into a series of the DSC's misdeeds, including its alleged consideration of martial law to quell public protests calling for the dismissal of corruption-tainted President Park last year.

Maj. Gen. So Gang-won arrives at a general military court in Seoul on Sept. 5, 2018. (Yonhap)


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