Ex-President's Son Doing Hard Labor in Wonju Prison

      July 27, 2016 12:35

      Chun Jae-yong

      The son of disgraced former president Chun Doo-hwan, imprisoned in a workhouse in Seoul for failing to pay tax-evasion fines, has been transferred to a prison in Wonju, Gangwon Province.

      The Justice Ministry on Wednesday said the Seoul prison was not equipped with facilities to accommodate inmates with long-term labor sentences like Chun Jae-yong.

      He was moved on July 11. He is apparently cleaning sewers and picking up trash eight hours a day.

      If he fails to pay the remainder of the fines he must work more than 900 days before he is freed.

      Chun was taken to court on charges of tax evasion after reporting that he sold real estate he owned in Gyeonggi Province for W32.5 billion when the actual price was W44.5 billion (US$1=W1,137).

      The Supreme Court last year gave Chun a four-year suspended sentence and a W4 billion fine, but he coughed up only around W140 million.

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