Cheong Wa Dae Bomb Hoax Suspect Arrested on Arrival

      January 28, 2015 10:00

      A young man who threatened to blow up Cheong Wa Dae, and the homes of President Park Geun-hye and her chief of staff Kim Ki-choon returned from Paris on Tuesday.

      He was arrested on arrival.

      The young man, identified as Kang and the son of an aide to National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa, had left for France on Dec. 13.

      He was brought back by his father.

      Kang junior appeared at the arrivals gate around 4:20 p.m. He was escorted out of the airport by a dozen police officers.

      His father met reporters about five minutes later and apologized for "worrying" the public. He pledged his son would answer all questions from police faithfully.

      The suspect in a Choeng Wa Dae bomb hoax is escorted by police officers on arrival at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday.

      Kang tweeted six threats from a guesthouse in Paris from Jan. 17 to 23 and phoned Cheong Wa Dae's civil petition office five times on Sunday threatening to bomb the presidential house.

      His father was informed by police on Jan. 19 that his son was the hoax caller. He resigned from his National Assembly job on Sunday and left for Paris.

      Police believe it is unlikely that Kang would have carried out any actual bombings since he was abroad. Searches turned up nothing suspicious at Cheong Wa Dae and the homes of Park and Kim.

      Kang’s motives are unclear.

      It seems likely that his mental health will be an important factor in the investigation since he was treated for mental problems for most of last year.

      His father told reporters, "My son enlisted in the Army voluntarily two years ago, but he soon had problems adapting to the barracks life. He was transferred from active duty to public services and managed to finish the service in late October last year."

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