Long Memo from Ferry Owner Found

Prosecutors have obtained a long, rambling memo written by ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun during his flight from the police since April 23, it emerged Tuesday.

The memo, which covers 31 pages of A4 paper, sneers at law enforcement for not being able to find him despite mobilizing thousands of forces.

Yoo’s body was found in a badly decomposed state three weeks after he fled a raid on his hideout on May 25, suggesting he had little time to enjoy his triumph.

Yoo also complains that the media portrayed him unfairly, and claims to have been made a scapegoat for the April 16 ferry disaster by presidential aides excessively loyal to President Park Geun-hye.

The disaster is being largely blamed on massive mismanagement and greed by ferry operator Chonghaejin Marine, which Yoo owned.

Police allegedly found the letter on May 25 when they raided a cottage in Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, where Yoo had been hiding.

It is written in backward script. Yoo started to write in this manner after he was imprisoned on fraud charges in 1991.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 23, 2014 13:41 KST