Bomb Hoax Suspect Indicted

      January 30, 2015 11:16

      A disturbed 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 was indicted Thursday.

      The judge who reviewed his indictment request said the 22-year-old man, identified only by his surname Kang and the son of an aide to National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa, "carried out his crime systematically and methodically and continues to display strong anti-social tendencies."

      Kang tweeted six threats from a guest house 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. But he apparently had no intention of carrying out his threats.

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

      Although Kang has a history of mental illness, police did not request an expert review of his mental state since he was able to find the money for his trip to France and traveled there by himself.

      Kang began his mandatory military service in December 2012, but was transferred from active duty to public services after psychological tests revealed he was unfit for duty. He finished his term in October last year.

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