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22 May, 2014

Church raided

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South Korean authorities search the large Anseong compound of the Evangelical Baptist Church in spite of a sit-in by hundreds of followers who call the raid religious persecution.  The church was co-founded by Yoo Byung-un, who is wanted for tax evasion, embezzlement and negligence charges related to the investment vehicle owned by his sons that ran the shipping company Chonghaejin Marine.  Warrants are also out for Yoo’s sons, the younger of whom is believed to be in the US.  Prosecutors say that they don’t expect Yoo and his eldest son to be in the Anseong compound, where Yoo has a photography studio, but investigators are looking for other evidence there. Kim Hoe-jong, a senior prosecutor says:

Again, this investigation is about personal wrongdoings on the part of Yoo Byung-un and sons related to the management of Chonghaejin Marine.It has nothing to do with religion.

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