Hanwha Chairman Does Community Service

Kim Seung-youn Kim Seung-youn

Disgraced Hanwha Group chairman Kim Seung-youn has been carrying out community service under a suspended prison sentence since mid-June.

He started four months after being slapped with a suspended three-year prison sentence, a fine of W5.1 billion (US$1=W1,012), and 300 hours of community service for embezzlement and corruption.

"Kim has been doing community service eight hours a day, twice a week, at a social welfare center in Seoul," a Hanwha executive said. "His health has improved a little, but it seems he has no plan to go back to work for the time being."

Since March, Kim twice asked the court to delay the start of his community service because of health problems.

The chiefs of Korea's big conglomerates invariably fall prey to mysterious ailments when they are convicted of financial and other crimes.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 09, 2014 11:55 KST