President Moon Jae-in instantly accepted Lee Seong-yong’s resignation making him the nation’s shortest-serving head of the air drive.
South Korea’s air drive chief has resigned, apologising and taking accountability for the dying of a member of the drive who took her personal life, in keeping with her household, after being sexually harassed by a colleague.
Lee Seong-yong supplied to step down a day after an air drive grasp sergeant was arrested on costs of molesting and injuring a feminine colleague of the identical rank in March.
“I really feel heavy accountability over the sequence of circumstances,” the final stated.
“I categorical my deep condolences to the sufferer and prolong honest condolences to the bereaved household.”
President Moon Jae-in instantly accepted Lee’s resignation, his press secretary stated on Friday, making him the shortest-serving South Korean air drive chief after appointing him in September.
The household of the sufferer stated she had suffered psychological misery and chronic bullying, and accused the air drive of attempting to cowl up the assault and silence her through the previous two months.
The case sparked a public outcry after the girl’s household filed a petition with Moon’s workplace on Tuesday calling for a radical investigation and punishment for these concerned. Greater than 326,000 individuals have signed it thus far.
The case additionally weighs closely on Moon, whose public approval ranking has been steadily declining, and whose celebration suffered crushing electoral defeats in two main cities earlier than the presidential election subsequent yr.
Too little, too late
Moon ordered an investigation on Thursday together with on how the air drive dealt with the case, because the household reported three officers at Lee’s base to army prosecutors, accusing two of them of dereliction of responsibility and tried compulsion and the opposite of sexual harassment.
The air drive on Thursday dismissed two supervisors concerned in Lee’s case, with out elaborating why.
On Friday, army prosecutors raided the places of work of the air drive army police at its headquarters and Lee’s base, the defence ministry stated.
A sequence of incidents has prompted the army to tighten guidelines and penalties for sexual abuse, however activists say the army continues to be too mushy on members accused of wrongdoing.
“The investigation is underneath means, however thus far there have been indicators that the air drive tried to guard its personal organisation, fairly than the sufferer, regardless of her a number of makes an attempt searching for assist,” a defence supply instructed Reuters on situation of anonymity citing the investigation.
The girl’s dying got here amid rising dialogue about whether or not the South’s all-male draft needs to be abolished.
All able-bodied male residents should serve for almost two years however ladies can volunteer for the army.
Barrack-room bullying in addition to different types of abuse have lengthy tainted South Korea’s army service and have resulted in a number of suicides and lethal capturing sprees prior to now.
In March, a transgender South Korean soldier, who was forcibly discharged from the military after gender-reassignment surgical procedure, took her personal life, prompting one other public outcry.