Court Rules Yang Hyun Suk Not Guilty At First Trial For Threatening Informant In Drug Case

On the morning of December 22, the first trial was held for Yang Hyun Suk who was indicted on charges of violating the Act on Aggravated Punishment for Specific Crimes (threatening). The court acquitted Yang Hyun Suk, citing the victim’s inconsistent statements and the lack of direct evidence to prove that Yang Hyun Suk threatened the victim.

Yang Hyun Suk was accused of conciliating and threatening the informant who reported B.I’s drug charges to the police while being investigated by the police in 2016 for smoking marijuana with BIGBANG’s T.O.P.

The court cited, “It seems that Yang Hyun Suk tried to persuade and pressure the victim to reverse her statement, which is worthy of criticism.” Yet, they cited that the victim had reversed her statement several times, and it was believed that she acted in anticipation of compensation such as money which lead to lack of credibility in her words.

According to the court, “Intimidation means threatening to harm and preventing decision-making by arousing fear. If you acted in response to someone else’s request while expecting some kind of compensation from them, it cannot be regarded as a restriction on decision-making. The victim, although she said that she was scared, contacted [Yang Hyun Suk] in a friendly way and voluntarily informed him of the situation as she reversed her statements, and she repeatedly smoked marijuana with a member of BIGBANG. It is difficult to understand why she continued providing drugs to the YG group member. [Thus,] it is difficult to conclude that she felt fear to the extent that her freedom to make decisions was violated.”

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