The true face of Yun Mi-hyang, president of the Justice Memory Solidarity, revealed by former “comfort woman”

The true face of Yun Mi-hyang, president of the Justice Memory Solidarity, revealed by former “comfort woman”

As inspired by former “comfort woman”, Lee Yong-soo’s accusatory press conference, various allegations surrounding the Justice Memory Solidarity and its former president Yun Mi-hyang have been dominating the Korean media for days. And it seems that things have finally reached its climax.

 Prosecutors, who accepted the accusations from civic groups against Yun Mi-hyang, are firming up their policy of investigating the case directly instead of handing it over to the police, while the conservative opposition parties, the Future Consolidation Party and the Future Korea Party, are creating a task force to get to the bottom of this matter.

The ruling party, which had been defending Yun, also decided to take a wait-and-see approach. 

 In response to these developments, the atmosphere of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), which had been actively defending Yun, claiming that it was “the last wicked play by the pro-Japanese and counterforces” had suddenly changed their position since the end of last week.

 Former Prime Minister Lee Nagyong, the party’s leading candidate for president, announced he was taking Yun’s allegations seriously and would consult with the party about them.

 Park Bom-jae, a veteran lawmaker known to the Moon Jae-in faction, said on a radio broadcast that “public opinion is not very good, and the party may not be able to simply wait for the explanation, and for the prosecutors to investigate.

 Park Ji-won, a member of former President Kim Dae-jung’s inner circle and a well-known informant in South Korean politics, predicted that the Democratic Party would make a decision (on Yun’s expulsion) today or tomorrow.

The decisive factor in this reversal of the ruling party’s atmosphere was the allegations surrounding the “comfort women’s resting place” that emerged last weekend.

  In 2012, when Yun was chairman of the board of directors for the Korean Council of Measures against the Korean Volunteer Corps, the predecessor of the organization Justice Memory Solidarity, and was collecting 1 billion Won in donations from large corporations under the guise of creating a space for former comfort women to heal and rest. With that money, in September 2013, the Volunteer Association paid 750 million Won to buy a home in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, and spent 100 million Won to build a “house where peace and healing meet” and to fix the interior.

 However, the day after Lee Yong-soo’s press conference, the “house where peace and healing meet” was hastily sold for 420 million Won.

It’s very similar to the usual methods for embezzling public money and making slush funds.

 The allegations raised by the Korean media about this suspicious transaction are as follows.

 First, even though the published land prices in the area had risen by more than 50% in the last seven years, the sale price was only about half of the purchase price. In addition, the intermediary for the purchase and the seller were involved in an acquaintance relationship centered around Yun’s husband.

Furthermore, even though they were able to buy enough houses in Seoul, they bought houses in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, which is difficult for former comfort women to visit, rather than in Seoul as they had originally planned. In 2013, the highest sale price around the “House where Peace and Healing Meet” was around 300 million won.

 In other words, the Korean media suspects Yun of embezzling public money through the “expensive purchase of real estate” method. Incidentally, the expensive buying of real estate is a “productive evil technique” that some companies and politicians have been using regularly to embezzle public money and create secret funds.

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