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Sending a message…

Posted by Brian on May 24, 2006

From the Korea Times, reporting on the man who attacked GNP leader Park Geun-hye:

Prosecutors are looking into financial transactions of an ex-convict arrested for attacking main opposition Grand National Party (GNP) leader Park Geun-hye in a bid to verify if anyone else was behind the incident.

Investigators suspect Ji Chung-ho, 50, who has lived on government aid since March, may have received money from someone as he was found to possess an expensive cell phone and had a substantial amount of cash at the time of detention.

Ji was put into jail Tuesday evening after the court issued an arrest warrant for him on charges of attempted murder and election law violation.

Let this serve as a notice to any other seomin out there who might be impudent enough to attack one of their overlords in the elite class: you will have the book thrown at you.

If he had really been trying to kill Park, he would have made the cut a few inches lower – on her neck rather than her face. He also would have used a real knife for maximum penetration rather than using a box cutter.

If he had cut up a yogurt ajumma in the street, he would pay a fine, apologize, and maybe do a few months in jail. And if any of the elite in Korea had made a similar attack on anyone of a lower station, you can laugh the case right out of court.

I remember some 3 years ago when a guy lit up a Daegu subway and killed 200 people… he was shipped off to a mental hospital… no jail time for him.

But hey, give a lifelong member of Korea's ruling class a major boo-boo, and it's attempted murder time. What a crock…

UPDATE: Commentators disagree, but Oranckay shares my cynicism.

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8 Responses to “Sending a message…”

  1. Scott said

    I have to disagree with you on this one. If someone comes at me swinging a knife and happens to slice my face open (however minor, though seventeen stitches is not so minor in my book) I would hope they would be charged with attempted murder. Maybe not premeditated attempted murder, but attempted murder nonetheless.

    By the way, I like your new design, but some of what I type is going beneath the sidebar on the right.

  2. Andy said

    I’m with Scott on this one. The guy went to the GNP HQ to get Oh Se-hoon’s schedule for the day (there is your premeditation). Then he slashes at Park’s head/neck area with a box cutter and misses hitting a major artery by about one inch. A slash is not exactly a precise cut.

  3. Frank said

    if…this
    if…that
    Yea… but do not underestimate the “tool”
    a box cutter also demolished world trade center on 9/11.

    It’s a fair call to be charged with “attaempted murder”.

  4. Nathan B. said

    I saw a replay of the incident on TV, and I would say that it looked like the cut was, indeed, on the neck, but I guess I could be wrong. I also think I remember that the 9/11 hijackers used boxcutters to deadly effect. I say throw the book at the guy. A perceived chance of leniency if a man attacks Joe Average should not be an excuse to to be lenient when he attacks a VIP. Such attacks should always be dealt with severely. That’s how I see it.

  5. Nathan B. said

    I mean, such attacks, regardless of the social status of the victim.

    By the way, I forgot to say that I really like the new look!

  6. Nathan B. said

    Hmm, that drawing you linked to does show a cut on the face. Even so, do we know he aimed for the face?

  7. Guys, I’m in favor of a consistent and fair application of the law. I’d have nothing against throwing the book at him if that was the usual outcome fo such an atack in Korea, but I still seriously doubt that if the target was some Joe Kim off the street that they would charge him with attempted murder.

  8. Iceberg said

    But don’t you think that is true in every country? If someone attacks one of our “leaders”, they are more likely to receive a harsher sentence. People in the public eye are more susceptible to attack from nutjobs. When Joe Kim is attacked it is usually an act of random violence, but public leaders are specified targets. That is why they are surrounded by bodyguards (who obviously didn’t perform their jobs well in this case) and that is why there must be a precedent set to discourage further crazies from attempting to carry out similar acts.

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