Pretrial Detention Warrant Issued For Former Senior Superintendent Police Officer Yoon Of Burning Sun Scandal
A pretrial detention warrant was issued for former Senior Superintendent Police Officer “Yoon,” who is a figure in the Burning Sun controversy, and he has now been taken into custody.
On the evening of October 10, judge Song Kyung Ho of the Seoul Central District Court issued the pretrial detention warrant and stated, “The court recognizes a considerable number of the suspicions of crimes, and there is concern about destruction of evidence.” Yoon denied all suspicions that day during the questioning to determine the warrant’s validity.
On October 7, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office filed a request for a pretrial detention warrant for Yoon on suspicions including influence peddling under the Enforcement Decree of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Crimes, violation of the Capital Markets Act, abusing power to obstruct another from exercising one’s right, and instigating the destruction of evidence.
According to the prosecution, in 2016 Yoon helped cover up the case of “Jung,” the former CEO of the KOSDAQ listed company Nokwon C&I (formerly Cubes) who had been charged by the police, and received tens of millions of won in stocks for free in return. He’s also suspected of asking Jung to delete all records of their calls after the Burning Sun controversy began. When Jung received the direction from Yoon, he replaced his phone.
Yoon has become known during the Burning Sun scandal for suspicions of participating in collusion between the police and adult entertainment establishments. He was referred to as the “police chief” in the group chatrooms, and he is suspected of having suppressed investigations by the police.
Yoon allegedly also leaked confidential information in regards to the investigation of Food Sanitation Law violations by Yoo In Suk and Seungri’s club Monkey Museum.
It’s reported that although Yoon admitted to the truth of some of the facts during police questioning, he has denied all of the suspicions about him. He stated, “I was not trying to receive stocks [from Jung] for free. I planned to purchase them but it came to nothing.” He also reportedly said, “In terms of the deletion of the phone records, I gave this direction because I was worried that misunderstandings would occur during the investigation.”