Ferry Owner's Family Get Jail Break to Attend Funeral

Yoo Dae-kyun Yoo Dae-kyun

A court has accepted applications from four family members for temporary release from police custody to attend the funeral of ferry owner Yoo Byung-eon.

Yoo's older brother, Byung-il (75), has already been released on bail.

The funeral will take place inside a sprawling compound in Anseong south of Seoul owned by the dead businessman's crackpot religious cult.

The Incheon District Court on Thursday said it granted temporary release to Yoo's oldest son, Dae-kyun (44), younger brother Byung-ho (61), widow Kwon Yun-ja (71) and brother-in-law Kwon Oh-gyun (64).

They will be free from 4 p.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday only to attend the funeral and visit their homes, all the while accompanied by police officers.

The court freed Yoo's brother on W30 million (US$1=W1,015) bail since he confessed to his offenses and presents no risk of fleeing or destroying evidence.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 29, 2014 10:03 KST