As a result of this incident, the Commissioner of the Korea Coast Guard finally apologized to the people and their families. He said it caused a lot of misunderstanding. This is the apology that came immediately after the People’s Power visited the Coast Guard in protest.
Reporter Yeon Ji-hwan reports.
[정봉훈/해양경찰청장 : 피격 공무원 수사 결과 발표와 관련하여 많은 오해를 불러일으킨 점, 국민과 유가족 여러분께 진심으로 사과드립니다.]
Commissioner Jeong Bong-hoon of the Korea Coast Guard finally bowed his head.
It has been 632 days since announcing the results of the interim investigation in 2020, saying, “It is judged that he has defected to North Korea.”
It was also confirmed through a JTBC report that there was insufficient evidence to determine Lee’s defection to North Korea at the time.
At the time of the incident, the Coast Guard seized and searched the electronic storage media and personal items of the late Mr.
Also included in the internal investigation report at the time was the testimony that the life jacket, which was heard as one of the grounds for the defection, remained on the boat Mr. Lee was on, and that he did not even have a personal life jacket.
The apology from the Commissioner of the Coast Guard was made immediately after the members of the People’s Power TF members visited the coast guard to protest.
The Democratic Party criticized it, saying, “It seems a bit pathetic about what the people’s power is trying to achieve by making this a subject of political struggle.”