Prosecutors to Decide on Ferry Owner's Arrest This Week

Prosecutors investigating the parent company of ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine will decide this week whether to arrest owner Yoo Byung-eon.

A prosecution official said Sunday, "If Yoo does not show up in front of prosecutors or at a court voluntarily, we will use any method to find and arrest him and his son Dae-gyun and make sure they face the maximum penalty for compounding their original offenses with their escape, no matter how long it takes."

Reporters are shown around a compound belonging to a cult led by ferry owner Yoo Byug-eon in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday. Reporters are shown around a compound belonging to a cult led by ferry owner Yoo Byug-eon in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday.

Prosecutors have obtained a subpoena for Yoo but are wary of clashing with more than 1,000 members of a cult led by him who have formed a human barricade in front of a religious compound where he is believed to be hiding.

A judge is scheduled to issue a warrant for his arrest on Friday if he fails to show up by Thursday. A prosecution spokesman said, "We will try our best to arrest Yoo this week."

englishnews@chosun.com / May 19, 2014 09:27 KST

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