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investigation into the disaster continues.

With Lee Im-jae, former chief of the Yongsan Police Station, and Park Hee-young, head of Yongsan-gu, arrested overnight, interest is now in whether the investigation will go to the so-called upper line.

This is reporter Kim Hyung-rae's report.

[ Reporter

] Park Hee-young, head of Yongsan-gu, is accused of failing to take safety measures in relation to the Itaewon disaster.

Right before the disaster, he said that he had inspected the site while walking on Itaewon's 'Quynon Road' twice, but as a result of checking CCTV by the police special edition, it turned out to be a lie.

After more than 9 hours of examination, the court issued an arrest warrant for Park, saying that the crime charges were clarified and there was a risk of destroying evidence.

Although the district chief Park protested that there was no need to take precautions because it was an event without an organizer, the court accepted the special claim that the primary responsibility for safety management lies with the local government, regardless of whether or not there is an organizer.

Choi Won-joon, head of the Disaster and Safety Department, who was found to have returned home after taking a taxi to the site on the day of the disaster as a safety management practitioner at the Yongsan-gu Office, was also arrested on charges of dereliction of duty.

As the first goal of securing new recruits for the field officers has been completed, the investigation is now likely to be directed to the police chief.

The special edition is struggling with handling the recruits of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, Kim Gwang-ho, who is the highest ranking person among those charged with the Itaewon disaster.

Commissioner Kim is accused of not taking active safety measures, such as deploying a riot police on the day of the disaster, as the general manager of public security in Seoul.

[Kim Gwang-ho/Chief of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (last 21st): It was reflected that we would send 20 riot police and send 1 discharge, so there was no further report to the head of the information department, deputy chief, or commissioner. No.


The special edition revealed that the investigation into Commissioner Kim was over with two subpoenas, implying that only a decision on the application for an arrest warrant remained.

(Video editing: Park Chun-bae)

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