September 17, 2020 12:48
Model and former actress Yoon Ji-oh, who is wanted by police in connection with her bizarre behavior after the suicide of fellow actress Jang Ja-yeon in 2009, has thumbed her nose at her pursuers by posting pictures of her birthday party in Canada on social media.
To add insult to injury, Yoon also posted messages of support to Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae, who is trying to thwart her own prosecution for finagling her son's extended leave from the military.
Almost a decade after the suicide, Yoon stepped into the spotlight last year when she claimed she was the only witness of sexual abuses her late friend suffered and had new information about the events leading to Jang's suicide.
She claimed she decided to speak out after all those years to clear her friend's name. This led to an outpouring of public donations to help her, but there were indications that she used them for private purposes. Her tales were later revealed to be full of holes, and when she was accused of fraud and lying, she fled to Canada.
Police sent Yoon three summonses to appear for questioning, but she refused citing health problems.
Responding to questions about Yoon's whereabouts from opposition People Power Party lawmaker Cho Su-jin, the Justice Ministry said Yoon is on a wanted list but police do not know where she is.
"Yoon's whereabouts remain uncertain, so an arrest warrant has been issued and she has been placed on a wanted list," a ministry official said. "We are in the process of locating her with the assistance of Interpol and other police agencies."
Yoon posted the images on Instagram on Sept. 8, showing her celebrating her birthday on the rooftop of a hotel. She also posted photos of herself on Aug. 26 smiling in front of a birthday cake.
It took little deductive power to discover that the photos were taken in Toronto since the city's landmark CN Tower can be seen in the background, and soon the hotel itself was identified by online sleuths. Yoon also personally tagged the location of a video she uploaded on social media.
The ministry has not explained why it still has no idea where she might be.
Prosecutors closed the case against Yoon on May 11 citing her absence from the country.
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