A local Korean-American who had to relocate to Seoul after being accused of stalking and harassing Korean women has been forced to leave the country and live in a remote village.
Kang Seong-woo, 38, fled from his home in Illinois to Seoul, South Korea, after being detained in the capital for nearly three months.
He has been accused of harassing Korean female friends and fellow travelers, including one woman who told him to “get out of the country.”
He left his home to seek asylum in China in August, but after a lengthy process in which he received multiple letters from the U.S. embassy, Seoul police said on Tuesday that he would be deported after a review.
Kwang was arrested on Dec. 20, and the police have accused him of stalking three Korean women, including a former girlfriend who said he had been harassing her on social media.
In a police report filed Monday, the police said Kang has been harassing the women by sending threatening letters and threatening phone calls.
He also has been sending “unsubstantiated, unsubstantiated and fabricated information” to the women’s families, according to the report.
The police said that Kang sent letters to the family of the victim of a rape, and another letter to a woman who had been a victim of sexual assault.
In the third letter, Kang wrote that she could not trust the woman because she was a Korean woman.
“The police report says Kang told the woman that he had a sexual relationship with her, but she said that was a lie,” Kim Jin-young, Kang’s lawyer, told CNN on Tuesday.
Koo Sang-kyung, Kang s father, told the Associated Press news agency on Tuesday Kang was not a threat to the public, and that his father had never spoken to him about his daughter’s case.
“I never saw Kang send any kind of threatening letter to his daughter.
Kang never sent any kind that would cause her to fear for her life,” he said.
Korean men can petition the Seoul District Court to release Kang, but he is still being held in custody and faces charges of stalking, sexual assault, and threatening to kill, according the Seoul Metropolitan Police Department.
Kong said he does not know why Kang is being held, and has no knowledge of his whereabouts.
“He doesn’t have any documents and he’s just in Seoul.
He doesn’t know where he is.
I can’t give him any kind the details,” he told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday, adding that Kang has never spoken with anyone from his family or family members in the United States.”
But I’m not worried because I’m still here in Seoul, he said, adding he hopes Kang will eventually be released.
Kung is the first Korean American to be detained in South Korea for harassing a woman.
In June, two Korean men were detained for harassing an American tourist after he made sexually explicit comments online.
He was released after police investigated the case and found no evidence to support the allegations.
A third man was arrested in January after he allegedly threatened to kill a Korean American man who posted on Facebook about having been raped.
The Seoul Metropolitan police have launched a criminal investigation into Kang’s case, but have declined to release him.
Korea’s criminal code states that anyone found guilty of committing an act of harassment can be sentenced to two to 10 years in prison.
Keegan Lee, an American who works for the nonprofit advocacy group Global Justice Now, told reporters Kang’s arrest is particularly troubling given that South Korea is a member of the U, U.N. Human Rights Council.”
What we’re seeing is a very troubling trend of South Koreans taking a different approach than many other countries in the world to the protection of women,” she said.
Lee said Kang’s detention is a “direct violation” of the right to freedom of expression, due process, and equal protection under the law.”
It’s particularly concerning that South Koreans are so concerned about Kim Jong-un’s regime and his efforts to stifle speech, but not Kim Jong Un himself, she said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Nam.
Kyeong-jin Park, an associate professor at the South Korean National Institute of Science and Technology, said Kang is a strong example of how North Korea treats women.
“His case is a sign of the importance of human rights, and this is a case that reflects the very dangerous situation we are in in today,” he wrote in an email.
“When we have to face such threats, it is important to protect our own rights.”