December 18, 2007 09:58
Hanwha Group chairman Kim Seung-youn will perform his court-ordered community service at Flower Village, a Christian charity community in Eumseong, North Chungcheong Province. Seoul Central Court in September ordered Kim to perform 200 hours of community service for orchestrating an attack on off-duty bar workers who had injured his son in a brawl. The Justice Ministry said on Monday that Kim will do such tasks as helping the disabled, cleaning up and distributing food at the village for up to six days from Thursday.
Kim traveled to Japan for medical care after the court suspended his 18-month prison sentence for three years in an appeals trial. He returned to Korea on Saturday to resume running Hanwha Group. Since there is much to do at his businesses at the end of year, Kim will perform a portion of his 200 hours at Flower Village this year and make up the remaining hours at other social welfare facilities at the beginning of next year. Those ordered to perform community service have the length of their suspended prison term to finish their service, meaning Kim has three years to complete his hours.
Fr. Oh Woong-jin, a Catholic priest, founded Flower Village in 1976. The village is home to 4,000 underprivileged people and 800 caregivers including volunteers, priests and nuns. About 200,000 people volunteer to work at the facility every year.
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