Update: Choi Jong Hoon Indicted On Charges Of Sexual Assault
Updated June 4 KST:
Choi Jong Hoon has been indicted on charges of sexual assault while in detention.
It was announced on June 4 that the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office indicted him on June 3 based on the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Sexual Crimes.
Last week, Choi Jong Hoon submitted a habeas corpus petition, but it was rejected by the Seoul Central District Court.
Choi Jong Hoon’s habeas corpus petition has been rejected.
According to the courts on May 31, the Seoul Central District Court held a hearing on Choi Jong Hoon’s habeas corpus petition on May 29 and judge Lee Il Yeom has rejected it. The habeas corpus petition is a system in which an incarcerated individual can file a petition objecting to their detainment and asking the courts to review their case.
By rejecting Choi Jong Hoon’s petition, the courts have reconfirmed that the pretrial detention warrant against him is still valid. On May 9, the warrant, which allows for a suspect to be detained for longer than 48 hours, was issued for Choi Jong Hoon as he faces charges of multiple-perpetrator sexual assault. According to the judge, “The court recognizes the criminal charges, and there are clear concerns of tampering of evidence.”
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