The fugitive believed to be the actual owner of the sunken Sewol ferry requested asylum in a foreign country but was denied. Prosecutors in Incheon investigating the ferry incident said today that a man recently made the request for Yoo Byung-eon’s political asylum at a foreign embassy in South Korea.
The embassy, however, turned down the request, calling Yoo a criminal offender. The prosecution refused to identify the name of the embassy where the asylum was requested, citing diplomatic concerns.
Yoo is charged with a criminal offense that led to the ferry disaster and cannot qualify as an asylum seeker under any circumstance. A massive manhunt for the 73-year-old fugitive has been under way for weeks on charges of tax evasion, embezzlement and breach of trust.
Source: Busan eFM News