1,300 Marines Punished for Violence, Abuse

Some 1,335 soldiers in the Marine Corps, whose reputation has been tainted by a series of recent accidents and suicides, were punished for violence and abusive behavior in the last three years.

According to statistics submitted to lawmaker Seo Jong-pyo of the Democratic Party by the Defense Ministry on Wednesday, the number of those jailed for beatings or abusive behavior in the Marine Corps increased from 366 in 2008 to 505 in 2010.

Some 1,042 of the marines were jailed in military detention facilities for up to 15 days, the most severe punishment. From 2009 to the present, 761 were also given criminal penalties, 378 due to violence.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 14, 2011 13:38 KST