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Video of an alleged assault released

Oct 16,2007
Hoping to get a second opinion from the public, the National Human Rights Commission released controversial footage yesterday on its Web site of a prison guard possibly assaulting an inmate.
It is the first time the commission has ever released video footage about an active investigation, and it has angered the Justice Ministry, which oversees the prison in question.
The alleged assault happened at Anyang Prison, south of Seoul. The commission asked prison authorities to punish the guard in question, but management decided against doing so.
“Anyang Prison denied our proposal,” the commission said in a release. “Although we concluded that the inmate was slapped in the face twice, accompanied by other physical offenses, the prison claimed the guard only patted the inmate and used some inappropriate terms.”
The guard only had to attend a training session related to human rights.
The commission said it decided to release the closed-circuit television footage to get an opinion from the general public whether an assault occurred.
Lee Yeong-hui, an official at the ministry’s corrections bureau, said, “Article 3 of the human rights ordinance ... prohibits any public release of recorded items. The commission has violated the law. We will proceed to prepare measures to deal with the actions of the commission.”
Article 3, however, only specifically mentions recordings made during consultations with a victim.
In addition, Article 50 of the human rights law allows the commission to publicize any material related to a case when the related parties refuse to accept the commission’s suggestions.

By Hwang Young-jin Staff Writer[yhwang@joongang.co.kr]



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