Oz Attacks Against Koreans 'Not Racially Motivated'

      December 05, 2012 12:44

      The Australian Embassy in Korea on Tuesday said police are "thoroughly investigating" a series of vicious attack on Koreans in Australia and "cooperating closely" with the Korean government.

      Some Korean victims of attacks in Australia say the crimes were racially motivated, but Ambassador Sam Gerovich said the victims were "random" targets and claimed racial prejudice is “totally unacceptable in Australia's multicultural society," where immigrants from around 200 countries live together.

      Police in Victoria are investigating an attack in September against a 33-year-old Korean man identified only by his last name Jang who studies there. He lost a finger due to the attack. Three out of the 12 people involved in the incident have already been indicted, and an investigation is in progress over the other nine, police said on Tuesday.

      Jang says he was the target of a racially-motivated attack and that police mistreated him during the investigation due to his ethnicity. But Gerovich defended Australian police.

      He claimed compared to the speed with which things are handled in Korea, the steps taken by Australian authorities may seem slow, but a thorough investigation is taking place.

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