In somewhat comical timing given the interview Burning Sun CEO Lee Moon Ho gave recently, police have announced at a press conference that they have booked 40 individuals for distribution and usage of drugs in connection to the club’s ongoing scandal.
On March 18, during the press conference at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, a source from the agency stated, “After the Burning Sun incident, we have booked 40 individuals [for drug-related charges]. Among them, we booked 14 Burning Sun employees and jailed three club MDs [merchandisers, also known as promoters]. There are 17 suspects involved in other clubs.” It was also revealed that nine of these individuals were involved in the distribution of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a drug suspected of being used to rape women. The source stated, “We have jailed the nine individuals who have not only used drugs, but also distributed them online. In CEO Lee’s case, we will question him as a suspect for distribution and usage of drugs on March 19 at 10:30 a.m.” Including his previous investigations under various divisions, this will be his fifth investigation with the police.
Okay yikes, this honestly might be worse than I thought, especially the GHB stuff. It’ll be interesting to see if they are able to drill things down further and get the VIPs for sexual assault/rape, though I’m kinda skeptical how far that’ll go since god knows who those VIPs are.
Speaking of cases about powerful people covering up for very important people, Moon Jae In ordered thorough investigation for the cases of late actress Jang Ja Yeon, former Vice Minister Of Justice Kim Hak Eui, and the Gangnam clubs. He wants to end the common trend of those in power hiding crimes, calling for the truth to come forward through thorough investigations.
President Moon Jae In began, “There are cases that show extremely strong suspicions in the eyes of our citizens, but the truths haven’t been discovered for a long time, and [the truth for] some of them were even concealed.” The president acknowledged the fact that the cases all happened within the privileged class, and there are suspicions that investigative organizations such as the prosecution and the police deliberately performed weak investigations to protect the suspects and conceal the truth in the past. He continued, “If we fail to clarify the truth behind the cases that occurred within the privileged class, we will not be able to talk of a righteous society.” Regarding the allegations of high-rank officers using their power to protect the suspects in various cases, the president said, “These cases may have happened in the past, but keep in mind that revealing the truth and exposing embarrassing facts [about themselves] in order to be reborn as trustworthy investigative agencies is a mission that needs to be carried out with responsibility by the current leaders of the prosecution and the police.” He added, “The prosecution and the police will not be able to restore their fairness and public’s confidence in them as inspection agencies if they fail to reflect on their past of being powerless regarding the cases involving influential people, as well as clearly revealing the truth behind suspicions of deliberately performing weak investigation to protect and conceal [the truth from coming out].” The president also mentioned the cases regarding clubs in the Gangnam District. He called out for a thorough investigation to be performed on the allegations of the club owners using illegal methods of running the establishments, such as providing drugs and sexual favors to their customers, as well as receiving special treatment from authoritative organizations. The president continued by saying that while these particular cases happened in the past administration, there is a possibility that crimes with similar patterns may have happened during the current administration. Therefore, he mentioned the need for a thorough investigation and questioning that punish all people regardless of their social standing. President Moon Jae In concluded by addressing the key point of the cases. He said,” The key point is to discover the tangible truth behind the cases and the suspicions of special treatment given by investigative organizations such as the prosecution, the police, and the National Tax Service.” “The powerful people with connections were able to hide the truth and receive acquittal for the illegal activities and crimes they committed, while powerless citizens who were unfairly victimized had to tremble in fear without the protection of the law,” continued President Moon Jae In. “I emphasize once again that if we are unable to straighten out [the truth], we will never be able to talk of a righteous society. I ask that the Minister of Justice and the Minister of National Security take responsibility to reveal the truth and clarify each and every suspicion that was raised about the various cases.”
So yeah, probably not the best thing for those associated with any of those scandals at this point. Not sure the President can let this go with nothing happening now.
Speaking of Jang Ja Yeon and Kim Hak Eui I do plan on tackling those scandals eventually, but it’s a bit overwhelming that all this is going on simultaneously.