June 21, 2018 12:55
A district court has again turned down prosecutors' application for an arrest warrant for Korean Air chief Cho Yang-ho's wife Lee Myung-hee.
Lee is under investigation for illegally hiring about 20 Filipinas as housemaids over the last 10 years by disguising them as Korean Air trainees.
But Judge Huh Kyung-ho of the Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday said neither the charges nor the evidence warrants arrest.
Apart from Koreans, only foreign nationals of Korean ethnicity or foreigners married to Koreans can work as housemaids. Violations carry a jail sentence of up to three years or a maximum fine of W20 million fine (US$1=W1,107).
Lee is also being investigated for assaulting and verbally abusing 11 drivers, security guards and other employees of her husband's Hanjin Group, but an arrest warrant application on those charges was also turned down earlier this month.
The empire is unraveling as virtually every member of Cho's family is being investigated on multiple charges, from corruption to assault.
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