[SUMMARY] Daily News Selection by Aju Daily on March 15, 2023

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : March 15, 2023, 17:10 Updated : March 15, 2023, 17:10
The following stories are the daily summary of news in South Korea on March 15.

SEOUL -- Grandson of ex-President Chun Doo-hwan accuses family of corruption

[Chun Woo-won's Instagram post]

A former president's grandson, Chun Woo-won, referred to his grandfather as a "slaughterer." The family of Chun Doo-Hwan, ex-President of South Korea, who brutally put down a pro-democracy rebellion in 1980, has been accused of using funds from stashed assets by the former president’s grandson.
The grandson, Chun Woo-won, has been publishing new information about his family on social media since March 13. This information has gone viral in South Korea. "My grandfather is a butcher, I think. He is merely a crook, not a hero who defended the nation "he declared in a video posted on his Instagram page.
Kakao Entertainment to close the Korean location of Tapas Entertainment

[Courtesy of Kakao Entertainment]

Next month, Kakao Entertainment would shut down the Korean division of Tapas Entertainment, a North American webcomic and web novel platform.
According to insiders, the entertainment division of tech giant Kakao recently informed Tapas Entertainment's staff of its intention to liquidate the Korean division and provided retirement benefits to those remaining. The marketing and platform management divisions of the Korean office are anticipated to be absorbed by Kakao Entertainment after it closes.
S. Korea will abolish the requirement for masks in public transportation next week

[Yonhap News Photo]

With COVID-19 cases steadying, South Korea will abolish the mask requirement for public transportation starting next week, the ministry stated on March 15. The lifting will start on March 20, according to Deputy Interior Minister Han Chang-seob, who made the announcement at a government COVID-19 reaction meeting. The choice was made as the daily virus count in South Korea continued to decline, hitting 11,401 cases on Tuesday.

9-yr prison terms sought for 2 Liberian officials for raping teenagers in Busan


Two Liberian government officials are accused of raping two adolescent South Korean girls while they were in the port city of Busan for an international event, and prosecutors are asking for nine-year prison sentences for them, according to reports.
They are accused of luring two female middle school students near Busan Station into their hotel room on the evening of September 22, 2022, and raping them. The two are in their 50s and 30s, respectively. Investigations claim that they used smartphone translation services to demand sexual activity after luring the adolescents with promises of drink and food.

[This article was contributed by Aju Daily reporter Joseph Kwak]
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