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Military human rights chief holds press briefing over bullying scandal

Updated: 2014-08-08 06:30:42 KST
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The latest military bullying scandal where a 23-year-old conscript was found to have died after being bullied for months is still reverberating throughout the nation as more gruesome details emerge about the young man's suffering.
The head of Korea's military human rights center says the victim, identified only by his family name Yoon, was clinically dead by the time he was transported to a nearby hospital.
The center chief also claimed that the army private was killed *primarily as the result of a severe beating by his fellow soldiers and again urged his attackers be charged with murder.



"We found that when the victim was sent to the hospital, one of his attackers said, 'if we are asked about the bruises on his chest, let's say he got them while receiving CPR.' This is a serious situation."


Yoon was apparently frequently bullied by his fellow servicemen.
He was allegedly forced to hold a horse-riding stance a kind of stress position until the early hours of the morning and also told to lick phlegm off the ground.
In another bullying incident in recent months an army sergeant who had allegedly been bullied by his fellow soldiers went on a shooting rampage,.. that killed five.


Reporter : jlaah@arirang.co.kr

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