Regarding responsibility for the Itaewon disaster, four police suspects, including Lee Im-jae, the former chief of the Yongsan Police Station in Seoul, are at the crossroads tomorrow.
Depending on whether the first recruit is secured, the direction of the investigation by the National Police Agency’s Special Investigation Headquarters, which has been criticized for being sluggish, is expected to be decided.
A reporter is on the scene. Reporter Kim Tae-win!
Yes, this is the National Police Agency’s Special Investigation Headquarters.
Who are the police officers who will be questioned tomorrow before being arrested?
Starting at 2:00pm tomorrow, a major review of arrest warrants for four police officers will be held at the Seoul West District Court.
The special version requested arrest warrants for Lee Im-jae, former chief of Yongsan Police Station, Park Seong-min, former head of the Public Security Information Department of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Yongsan Police Station information manager, and head of the 112 situation.
Former chief Lee and the head of Yongsan Police Station’s 112 Situation Department were accused of increasing the number of deaths through improper measures after the war, as they were the people responsible for the security measures in Itaewon and the police control of the site. on the day of the disaster.
In addition, Park is suspected of instructing the front-line information manager, and information manager Yongsan-seo, to his subordinates to delete the Halloween risk analysis report in preparation for an audit and seize
The special edition said that their accusations have been largely explained, and since they have always denied the accusations, they believe there is a danger of destroying evidence such as matching words.
With the fight over the need to arrest him, it is expected that the prosecution and the police, like former headmaster Lee, will be fierce, and the results are expected to come out late tomorrow night.
How will tomorrow’s court ruling affect the power of the special issue investigation?
Yes, if the court accepts the request and issues an arrest warrant for the former boss, the investigation into the special version is expected to gain momentum.
However, on the contrary, if he fails to secure new recruits like the former boss Lee, it seems that the investigation of the special edition will inevitably be disrupted.
This is because you will receive an interim evaluation that the charges have not been sufficiently explained in the investigation so far.
In addition, as it is necessary to consider whether to reapply for a warrant for the former head, etc., it is expected that the higher level investigation will find it difficult to gain momentum.
In particular, the special issue has just expanded the scope of the investigation, such as announcing that it will launch a full-scale investigation into the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security this week.
If the court rejects the arrest warrant tomorrow, it is very likely that the power to investigate the top line will also weaken.
Amidst this, it is expected that the special issue will also apply for additional arrest warrants for major suspects in other institutions tomorrow morning at the earliest.
In addition to being primarily responsible for disaster management and rescue under the Disaster Safety Act, Park Hee-young, chief of Yongsan-gu, Seoul, and Choi Seong-beom, chief of Yongsan Fire Station, who have denied the charges in constant in several. investigations, are mentioned as representative targets for arrest warrant applications.
Along with this, looking into the details of Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency Commissioner Kim Kwang-ho’s investigation as a suspect the day before yesterday, we are reviewing whether to call him again.
This is YTN Kim Tae-win from the Special Investigation Headquarters of the National Police Agency.
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