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South Korea’s top police commanders under investigation over tragedy

Seoul, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) A special investigation team on Tuesday reported about 55 offices, mostly police officers, as part of inquiries into a deadly stampede during Halloween celebrations.

The operation involved the departments of National Police Agency Commissioner General Yoon Hee-keun and Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) Chief Kim Kwang-ho, Yonhap news agency reported.

Other departments are the offices of senior SMPA intelligence and situation monitoring officers, Yongsan Ward Office Chief Park Hee-young, and the Yongsan Police Station.

Also raided were the Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Response Headquarters, the Yongsan Fire Station, the Seoul Metro headquarters, and the Itaewon Subway Station.

According to Yonhap, Park Hee-young, former Yongsan Police Station Chief Lee Im-jae, and other senior police and fire officers were summons as part of investigations into charges of professional negligence as a result of which 156 people, mostly youths, were killed in the event that occurred in Seoul’s Itaewon district on October 29.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who formally apologized for the first time to the families and close friends of the dead on Monday, also came under heavy criticism due to the Government’s mismanagement in preventing major accidents and disasters.


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