Court rules on right-wing YouTuber defamed ex-minister

Court rules on right-wing YouTuber defamed ex-minister

Court rules on right-wing YouTuber defamed ex-minister

A Seoul court ordered Hover Lab, a right-wing YouTube channel, to pay former South Korean justice minister Cho Kuk and his children nearly $40,000 in damages after the channel was found guilty of defaming the family, Yonhap reported. news agency.

Seoul’s central court found Hover Lab guilty on June 10 of “voicing false rumors and defamation” about Cho and his two children in 2020. A conservative ex-lawmaker and lawyer in South Korea named Kang Yong-seok is operating. the Hover Lab YouTube channel, which was also ordered to shut down as part of Friday’s court ruling.

During a series of episodes in 2020, Hover Lab’s popular YouTube channel claimed “that a Cho-managed private equity fund was linked to money invested by the Communist Party of China,” Yonhap recalled.

“It also alleged that Cho sponsored an actress while his children were driving a luxury imported car or had been involved in a school violence case,” the South Korean news agency said.

Cho and his two children have sued Hover Lab for defamation in recent months, demanding 300 million won ($237,210 USD) in damages. The lawsuit extended to Kang and two other individuals who helped run the YouTube channel. Seoul Central Court ruled in favor of Cho on June 10, ordering the defendants to pay “10 million won” [$7,815.55 USD] to Cho and a combined 40 million won [$31,262.21 USD] to Cho’s daughter and son as compensation,” said Yonhap.

Cho was forced to resign as South Korea’s justice minister in October 2019 after facing corruption charges. Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in appointed Cho as justice minister in September 2019. Although Cho currently identifies as a politically independent, he used to belong to South Korea’s left-wing Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), the same political party headed by Moon Jae-in during his presidency (May 2017 to May 2022).

Moon chose Cho to head his administration’s Justice Department in September 2019, despite “fierce public criticism of Cho and his family over alleged ethical flaws and illegalities,” Yonhap reported at the time.

“The appointment came amid a wider investigation by prosecutors into allegations that Cho and his wife falsified documents and used personal connections to help their daughter gain admission to prestigious schools. It’s also about their suspicious investment in a private equity fund,” the Seoul-based news agency noted.

The Seoul District Court approved an arrest warrant in October 2019 for Cho’s wife, Chung Kyung-shim, in connection with 11 criminal charges against her, “including obstruction of business, insider trading, embezzlement and withholding of evidence”. Korea Herald reported at the time.

The same court found Chung guilty of a 15-count charge of forgery and illegal investment in December 2020, where she was sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of “500 million won ($451,000), in addition to the forfeiture of 140 million won [$109,415.18 USD],” according to the Korea Herald

“Chung…has Been Under” [police] detention since October 2019 and has 28 months left to serve in prison,” the Korea Herald updated in January and added “She will be released by June 2024.”

Chung’s husband, Cho Kuk, is currently facing his own trial for allegedly abusing his power as South Korean justice minister to help his child gain access to universities.

“Judiciary rulings for lawsuits involving Chung revealed that Cho Kuk was directly involved in providing some of the documents Chung had forged,” the statement said. Korea Herald