Chun Woo-won, grandson of former President Chun Doo-hwan, arrived in Korea on Tuesday and was immediately arrested on suspicion of drug offenses.
The 27-year-old, who lives in New York, arrived at Incheon Airport at around 6:00 a.m., Tuesday. The drug investigation team under Seoul Metropolitan Police arrested Chun and took him to Seoul for further investigation. He was wearing handcuffs as he appeared at the arrival gate.
Before the flight, Chun repeatedly expressed his will to visit Gwangju and apologize to the bereaved families and victims of the Gwangju Democratic Uprising.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to apologize. I will cooperate (with the police investigation) as much as possible and apologize to the bereaved families and victims of the Gwangju Uprising as soon as I am released,” said Chun.
Regarding the drug use charges, Chun said “I showed it all on the live stream to confront my sin. My records of drug use can be verified through hospitals in the United States.”
South Korea claims jurisdiction over its citizens even outside of the country, so Koreans can be subject to prosecution even if they use drugs overseas.
Ex-president’s grandson arrested over drug use as he enters Korea