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Vianca



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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, the president disassembled the ocean police yesterday.
Wow..
I like her cold-hearted character ^^

http://www.kookje.co.kr/news2011/asp/newsbody.asp?code=0300&key=20140519.99002104106
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tardisrider



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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vianca wrote:
an affair of bloodshed


I like that. I'm going to use it.
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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saturday night riot in Seoul, supposedly over the ferry sinking. But why protest there? Why not protest at the Coast Guard HQ or close to the school?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oKHvkM2x5E

Meanwhile, the ferry's owner is possibly on the run.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/05/116_157551.htm

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A massive manhunt is underway for Yoo Byung-eun, the de facto owner of the sunken ferry Sewol.

The prosecution suggested Tuesday that he may have slipped out of Geumsuwon in Anseong, a compound owned by the Salvation Sect, where he was believed to be hiding, and may be staying in a follower's home.

Forty police units with more than 4,000 police officers are on standby, prosecutors said.

A court held a hearing in the afternoon to decide whether to issue an arrest warrant for Yoo, but he did not show up.

Investigators searched houses near Geumsuwon, the stronghold of the sect reportedly led by Yoo, but failed to find him. They also heightened surveillance at the multiple gates of the compound.

The prosecution indicated that it may mount a raid because Yoo could be there.

It is expected to try and enter the fenced compound as soon as the court issues a warrant. In addition to support from police it has asked the emergency services to dispatch ambulances in case of emergency.

The News 1 news agency reported that police have set up a command post in a nearby warehouse and installed electricity cables as well as telecommunications equipment.

The prosecution is known to have obtained a rough map of Geumsuwon. A police helicopter flew over the 2.5 square kilometer compound Monday.

Prosecutors also called for followers to go home and cooperate with the investigation. More than a thousand Salvation Sect devotees are believed to be staying on the premises.

In response, the followers strengthened security around the compound. They put barbed wires on fences and positioned people as guards.

The government is determined to make Yoo compensate the victims of the ferry disaster.

President Park Geun-hye said in a speech Monday, "The profit gained while greedily pursuing personal benefits and damaging the public's lives and wealth will be clawed back and used as compensation for the victims. Such a company will also be forced to close," Park said.

"We will also try to legislate a law that enables the government to uncover a criminal's wealth as well as assets hidden under the family and acquaintances' names and recover them."

The prosecution has secured evidence to prove his involvement in management of Chonghaejin Marine, the operator of the Sewol.

Two sets of documents it seized — an organization chart and emergency contacts — list Yoo as the chairman of Chonghaejin Marine.

The prosecution also found he collected some 10 million won every month from Chonghaejin as "advisory fees."
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Steelrails



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boy these culties sound pretty nuts. I dunno, as with all cults it seems that they're either going to be a bunch of hot air and not do a thing or end up drinking the special Kool-Aid. That would really suck to have another couple of hundred dead on top of this whole thing.

Thanks for the info on the cult angle dairyairy.
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Stain



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dairyairy wrote:
Saturday night riot in Seoul, supposedly over the ferry sinking. But why protest there? Why not protest at the Coast Guard HQ or close to the school?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oKHvkM2x5E

Meanwhile, the ferry's owner is possibly on the run.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/05/116_157551.htm

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A massive manhunt is underway for Yoo Byung-eun, the de facto owner of the sunken ferry Sewol.

The prosecution suggested Tuesday that he may have slipped out of Geumsuwon in Anseong, a compound owned by the Salvation Sect, where he was believed to be hiding, and may be staying in a follower's home.

Forty police units with more than 4,000 police officers are on standby, prosecutors said.

A court held a hearing in the afternoon to decide whether to issue an arrest warrant for Yoo, but he did not show up.

Investigators searched houses near Geumsuwon, the stronghold of the sect reportedly led by Yoo, but failed to find him. They also heightened surveillance at the multiple gates of the compound.

The prosecution indicated that it may mount a raid because Yoo could be there.

It is expected to try and enter the fenced compound as soon as the court issues a warrant. In addition to support from police it has asked the emergency services to dispatch ambulances in case of emergency.

The News 1 news agency reported that police have set up a command post in a nearby warehouse and installed electricity cables as well as telecommunications equipment.

The prosecution is known to have obtained a rough map of Geumsuwon. A police helicopter flew over the 2.5 square kilometer compound Monday.

Prosecutors also called for followers to go home and cooperate with the investigation. More than a thousand Salvation Sect devotees are believed to be staying on the premises.

In response, the followers strengthened security around the compound. They put barbed wires on fences and positioned people as guards.

The government is determined to make Yoo compensate the victims of the ferry disaster.

President Park Geun-hye said in a speech Monday, "The profit gained while greedily pursuing personal benefits and damaging the public's lives and wealth will be clawed back and used as compensation for the victims. Such a company will also be forced to close," Park said.

"We will also try to legislate a law that enables the government to uncover a criminal's wealth as well as assets hidden under the family and acquaintances' names and recover them."

The prosecution has secured evidence to prove his involvement in management of Chonghaejin Marine, the operator of the Sewol.

Two sets of documents it seized — an organization chart and emergency contacts — list Yoo as the chairman of Chonghaejin Marine.

The prosecution also found he collected some 10 million won every month from Chonghaejin as "advisory fees."


Wouldn't that guy have already left the country? Of course not. There's nowhere outside of Korea.
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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prosecutors and police went into the cult compound around noon today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHHaChjDC1I
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atwood



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dairyairy wrote:
Prosecutors and police went into the cult compound around noon today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHHaChjDC1I

Yesterday they said that they had been tipped off that he wasn't there and weren't going to search the compound. Now today they do the exact opposite.

Sounds like a publicity stunt to me, a way to appear they're doing something.

Don't you think Yoo could easily fly the coop by greasing a few palms?
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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yoo wasn't in the cult's compound. Prosecutors are conducting a manhunt for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKqU8BHLi5Y&list=PLrbGky8XSVFgJLsQZK5mc7DyB8uoOfyhF
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atwood



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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dairyairy wrote:
Yoo wasn't in the cult's compound. Prosecutors are conducting a manhunt for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKqU8BHLi5Y&list=PLrbGky8XSVFgJLsQZK5mc7DyB8uoOfyhF

They might as well be searching for Dr. Richard Kimble.


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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do Wikipedia actually have all that much influence? Maybe it does, I don't know.

It does sound like the cult is still backing him. And it seems strange that this publicity offensive is being waged in English. Who is the audience?


http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/05/116_157705.html

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Yoo uses Wikipedia as disinformation tool
Followers of the Salvation Sect are conducting a systematic disinformation campaign in foreign media aimed at portraying their alleged leader Yoo Byung-eun as a victim of state persecution.

The 73-year-old de-facto owner of the sunken ferry Sewol is on the run to evade answering allegations of improperly managing the operations of the company that ran the vessel and other affiliates.

During one of the sect's several rallies staged in Geumsuwon, its main base, its members carried placards written in English. One read, "Mr. Gerry Spencer. We don't have a voice in Korea. Please do something. Hannah."

"Thank you Mr. Mike von Joel. Stand up for AHAE. We won't forget you," read another.

They are apparently referencing the Wikipedia entry about Ahae, Yoo's pseudonym as a photographer.

The entry was created initially to promote Yoo as a photographer, but it has since become a channel to defend him against allegations of wrongdoing in the Sewol disaster.

"Simply put, AHAE does not own any shares, has any business dealings with, or is involved in the day-to-day operations of Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd."

The entry once, said although that has since been deleted.

The entry was created on May 16 by a Wikipedia user named "Ogtlife. " The short entry mainly highlighted Yoo's photography and described him as an "inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, environmental activist, martial arts specialist, painter, sculptor, poet and photographer. " Another user, Ahaepressinc, apparently the publisher of Yoo's photography works, edited the entry the next day, the history shows.

On May 19, one user wrote about Yoo's connection to Chonghaejin Marine, the Sewol's operator, for the first time. This unnamed person wrote that Yoo is "the head of the family owning Chonghaejin Marine, the operator of the MS Sewol which sank on April 16, 2014,"

Another user called Junganghansik added Yoo's religious activities to the entry, saying that he was the leader of a religious cult in the 1980s. The Odaeyang incident, the mass suicide of cultists in 1987 was also added. Junganghansik describes himself as "a professional editor and amateur historian."

The next day, Ogtlife, the creator of the entry, carried out a major update in defense of Yoo, saying that, "Contrary to media reports, Ahae has no stake in the ferry company and his two sons have an indirect stake of only 10% in the ferry company. The Korean government has a history of influencing mainstream media to further its agenda and to divert attention away from their own responsibilities related to the Sewol tragedy."

As soon as the prosecution cleared the Salvation Sect of involvement in the Odaeyang incident as part of its negotiations with it to enter its compound, Ogtlife added a new entry, "Contrary to reports indicating Yoo's connection to the mass suicide cult Odaeyang, the prosecutor's definitely and officially confirmed that there was no connection with Odaeyang and Yoo."

The entry will most likely be edited further. Wikipedia has warned that the entry needs "additional citations for verification" and is being considered for deletion in line with its deletion policy.

Yoo and his supporters have also set up a website called Ahae News (ahaenews. com) to defend his reputation as a photographer.

The website contains video interviews with Henri Loyrette, a former director of the Louvre Museum; Catherine Pegard, president of the Palace of Versailles; Mike von Joel, editor in chief of State Media, a London-based art magazine; and Milan Knizak, former general director of the National Gallery in Prague. They have all been involved in Yoo's exhibitions.

The news section includes endorsement letters from von Joel, Knizak and other heads of the venues that hosted Yoo's exhibitions.

Mike von Joel's letter written on April 23, for example, says, "I am personally appalled at the grotesque distortions being aimed at the artist AHAE all of which appear to be completely fabricated and without foundation. " He refers to allegations that Yoo paid billions of won to have an exhibition at the Tuileries Garden in Paris hosted by the Louvre Museum.

Before setting up Ahae News, Yoo distributed a press release through PR Newswire attached with endorsement letters from von Joel and Knizak. The press release was in English, not Korean.

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dairyairy wrote:
Do Wikipedia actually have all that much influence? Maybe it does, I don't know.

It does sound like the cult is still backing him. And it seems strange that this publicity offensive is being waged in English. Who is the audience?


http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/05/116_157705.html

Quote:
Yoo uses Wikipedia as disinformation tool
Followers of the Salvation Sect are conducting a systematic disinformation campaign in foreign media aimed at portraying their alleged leader Yoo Byung-eun as a victim of state persecution.

The 73-year-old de-facto owner of the sunken ferry Sewol is on the run to evade answering allegations of improperly managing the operations of the company that ran the vessel and other affiliates.

During one of the sect's several rallies staged in Geumsuwon, its main base, its members carried placards written in English. One read, "Mr. Gerry Spencer. We don't have a voice in Korea. Please do something. Hannah."

"Thank you Mr. Mike von Joel. Stand up for AHAE. We won't forget you," read another.

They are apparently referencing the Wikipedia entry about Ahae, Yoo's pseudonym as a photographer.

The entry was created initially to promote Yoo as a photographer, but it has since become a channel to defend him against allegations of wrongdoing in the Sewol disaster.

"Simply put, AHAE does not own any shares, has any business dealings with, or is involved in the day-to-day operations of Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd."

The entry once, said although that has since been deleted.

The entry was created on May 16 by a Wikipedia user named "Ogtlife. " The short entry mainly highlighted Yoo's photography and described him as an "inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, environmental activist, martial arts specialist, painter, sculptor, poet and photographer. " Another user, Ahaepressinc, apparently the publisher of Yoo's photography works, edited the entry the next day, the history shows.

On May 19, one user wrote about Yoo's connection to Chonghaejin Marine, the Sewol's operator, for the first time. This unnamed person wrote that Yoo is "the head of the family owning Chonghaejin Marine, the operator of the MS Sewol which sank on April 16, 2014,"

Another user called Junganghansik added Yoo's religious activities to the entry, saying that he was the leader of a religious cult in the 1980s. The Odaeyang incident, the mass suicide of cultists in 1987 was also added. Junganghansik describes himself as "a professional editor and amateur historian."

The next day, Ogtlife, the creator of the entry, carried out a major update in defense of Yoo, saying that, "Contrary to media reports, Ahae has no stake in the ferry company and his two sons have an indirect stake of only 10% in the ferry company. The Korean government has a history of influencing mainstream media to further its agenda and to divert attention away from their own responsibilities related to the Sewol tragedy."

As soon as the prosecution cleared the Salvation Sect of involvement in the Odaeyang incident as part of its negotiations with it to enter its compound, Ogtlife added a new entry, "Contrary to reports indicating Yoo's connection to the mass suicide cult Odaeyang, the prosecutor's definitely and officially confirmed that there was no connection with Odaeyang and Yoo."

The entry will most likely be edited further. Wikipedia has warned that the entry needs "additional citations for verification" and is being considered for deletion in line with its deletion policy.

Yoo and his supporters have also set up a website called Ahae News (ahaenews. com) to defend his reputation as a photographer.

The website contains video interviews with Henri Loyrette, a former director of the Louvre Museum; Catherine Pegard, president of the Palace of Versailles; Mike von Joel, editor in chief of State Media, a London-based art magazine; and Milan Knizak, former general director of the National Gallery in Prague. They have all been involved in Yoo's exhibitions.

The news section includes endorsement letters from von Joel, Knizak and other heads of the venues that hosted Yoo's exhibitions.

Mike von Joel's letter written on April 23, for example, says, "I am personally appalled at the grotesque distortions being aimed at the artist AHAE all of which appear to be completely fabricated and without foundation. " He refers to allegations that Yoo paid billions of won to have an exhibition at the Tuileries Garden in Paris hosted by the Louvre Museum.

Before setting up Ahae News, Yoo distributed a press release through PR Newswire attached with endorsement letters from von Joel and Knizak. The press release was in English, not Korean.


Isn't one of his sons in the U.S.? Maybe Yoo's there now. This could be part of a fight against extradition.

Yoo and his lawyers will also have to persuade LLoyd's of London that everything was aboveboard so that the insurance on the ferry will pay damages. Otherwise he could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars when all is said and done.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The US Ambassador should explain himself. Maybe it was no big deal but then just say that. It matters because Yoo has family members hiding in the USA. plus the fact that Yoo has been funneling money to the USA comes into play with this, too.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/05/116_157776.html

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Yoo family has interacted with famous people


In Korea, Yoo Byung-eun became an icon of greed after the sinking of the ferry Sewol, but he has been portrayed as a talented photographer or a genius in films and interviews with world-renowned artists.

That image was built up by his second son, Hyuk-kee, whose English name is Keith Yoo. The junior Yoo is known to have organized exhibitions of photos taken by his father, and "bought" reviews from celebrities.

Before the ferry accident, Yoo was recognized as the leader of a cult related to a mass suicide in 1987 known as the "Odaeyang incident," although he was not charged with any crime. Hyuk-kee was barely known outside the Salvation Sect.

In stark contrast, Yoo built up a reputation abroad as a mysterious billionaire photographer with a peculiar style, and Hyuk-kee as his sociable representative and CEO of Ahae Press. They built an extensive overseas network of influential acquaintances including a former director of the Louvre Museum, a film soundtrack composer and diplomats.

Singer Park Jin-young was also found to be the husband of a niece of Yoo, triggering speculation that Park's firm, JYP Entertainment, is associated with Yoo or the religious group.

The Yoo family's relationships with famous people recently came under scrutiny as observers pointed out that the relationships reveal the opulent lifestyle Hyuk-kee enjoyed with wealth of dubious origins.

Many of Yoo and his son's VIP acquaintances worked with them for Yoo's photo exhibitions.

Henri Loyrette, a former director of the Louvre Museum, is one of them. The Ahae News website, which was set up after the ferry accident to defend Yoo's reputation as a photographer, carries a statement from him written in March 2012.

Loyrette said in the statement that he got to know Yoo through Guy Oliver, a well-known interior designer. Oliver said about Yoo at a lunch in Malaysia, that he was "an artist who had created a grand experiment, taking 1 million photographs in two years" from a single window, according to Loyrette.

It is not known how Yoo and Oliver met, but the designer did the setting for Yoo's exhibitions at the Palace of Versailles.

Yoo and Hyuk-kee's network reaches far beyond the circle of exhibition organizers to the world of music.

Michael Nyman, a knighted British composer, wrote a symphony for Yoo. Ahaeproducts. com sells a music compact disk titled, "Michael Nyman Through the Only Window," which the website says was "written in the spirit of an open dialogue with the imagery of Ahae's photographs."

In the summer of 2012, Ilan Eshkeri, a British composer who created the soundtracks for various films including "Ninja Assassin," "Kick Ass" and "Stardust," also composed a song for Yoo's exhibition at the Tuileries Garden in front of the Louvre Museum in 2012.

The composer also conducted two concerts held in the garden to celebrate the exhibition. He mentioned Hyuk-kee as his friend there, saying, "None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary generosity of the artist and vision of the son, the patron and my friend, Keith Yoo, who is with us tonight."

Eshkeri's website says that he was asked to compose music inspired by Yoo's photographic works. "Whilst writing he became fascinated by the artist's process," the website said.

Hyuk-kee's network extended to the culinary world as he ran the Manhattan, N.Y. branch of luxury French chocolate brand, Debauve & Gallais.

In photographs taken by Wire Image back in 2005, Hyuk-kee is posing with Daniel Boulud, a French chef from a Michelin starred restaurant, who has outlets across the U.S. , Canada, the U.K. and Singapore.

Furthermore, Yoo apparently has contacts in the diplomatic circles of Korea. In an event to celebrate the launch of his photography book last year, Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to Korea, and the Israeli ambassador were seen.

The Korea Times contacted the media representatives of the U.S. and Israeli embassies to enquire about their relationships with Yoo, but couldn't reach anyone for comment.

Skeptics about Yoo claim that Yoo and Hyuk-kee met influential figures through businesses and sponsorships.

According to the Louvre's endowment fund report for 2012, Yoo donated 1.1 million euro (1.54 billion won) to the museum's foundation under the pseudonym of "AHAE, a Korean entrepreneur and artist."

Mike von Joel, an editor-in-chief of the London-based State Media magazine, denied that Yoo could have the exhibition at the Tuileries Garden because of his endowment to the Louvre.

"No artist, however, exalted, can bribe a historical and world renowned institution such as the Louvre," von Joel wrote in a letter endorsing Yoo's works.





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Furthermore, Yoo apparently has contacts in the diplomatic circles of Korea. In an event to celebrate the launch of his photography book last year, Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to Korea, and the Israeli ambassador were seen.

The Korea Times contacted the media representatives of the U.S. and Israeli embassies to enquire about their relationships with Yoo, but couldn't reach anyone for comment.

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yoo and his lawyers will also have to persuade LLoyd's of London that everything was aboveboard so that the insurance on the ferry will pay damages. Otherwise he could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars when all is said and done.



It'll go very high because it's not just those who've lost loved ones. Many people lost property when the ferry was overloaded and then sank.



http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2989596&cloc=joongangdaily|home|newslist1



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The government has used public funds to assist the families of the dead or missing and carry out rescue operations.

But it wants to charge expenses to the owners of the operator of the ferry, the Chonghaejin Marine Company, through an indemnity suit with President Park Geun-hye vowing to introduce a special law to facilitate the possible forfeitures.

The amount of compensation for families of the victims and the cost of recovering the ship is estimated to be between 400 billion won and 600 billion won.

When counting indirect damages, the figure could balloon up to 1 trillion won, lawyers specializing in marine disasters said.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dairyairy wrote:
The US Ambassador should explain himself. Maybe it was no big deal but then just say that. It matters because Yoo has family members hiding in the USA. plus the fact that Yoo has been funneling money to the USA comes into play with this, too.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/05/116_157776.html

Quote:


Yoo family has interacted with famous people


In Korea, Yoo Byung-eun became an icon of greed after the sinking of the ferry Sewol, but he has been portrayed as a talented photographer or a genius in films and interviews with world-renowned artists.

That image was built up by his second son, Hyuk-kee, whose English name is Keith Yoo. The junior Yoo is known to have organized exhibitions of photos taken by his father, and "bought" reviews from celebrities.

Before the ferry accident, Yoo was recognized as the leader of a cult related to a mass suicide in 1987 known as the "Odaeyang incident," although he was not charged with any crime. Hyuk-kee was barely known outside the Salvation Sect.

In stark contrast, Yoo built up a reputation abroad as a mysterious billionaire photographer with a peculiar style, and Hyuk-kee as his sociable representative and CEO of Ahae Press. They built an extensive overseas network of influential acquaintances including a former director of the Louvre Museum, a film soundtrack composer and diplomats.

Singer Park Jin-young was also found to be the husband of a niece of Yoo, triggering speculation that Park's firm, JYP Entertainment, is associated with Yoo or the religious group.

The Yoo family's relationships with famous people recently came under scrutiny as observers pointed out that the relationships reveal the opulent lifestyle Hyuk-kee enjoyed with wealth of dubious origins.

Many of Yoo and his son's VIP acquaintances worked with them for Yoo's photo exhibitions.

Henri Loyrette, a former director of the Louvre Museum, is one of them. The Ahae News website, which was set up after the ferry accident to defend Yoo's reputation as a photographer, carries a statement from him written in March 2012.

Loyrette said in the statement that he got to know Yoo through Guy Oliver, a well-known interior designer. Oliver said about Yoo at a lunch in Malaysia, that he was "an artist who had created a grand experiment, taking 1 million photographs in two years" from a single window, according to Loyrette.

It is not known how Yoo and Oliver met, but the designer did the setting for Yoo's exhibitions at the Palace of Versailles.

Yoo and Hyuk-kee's network reaches far beyond the circle of exhibition organizers to the world of music.

Michael Nyman, a knighted British composer, wrote a symphony for Yoo. Ahaeproducts. com sells a music compact disk titled, "Michael Nyman Through the Only Window," which the website says was "written in the spirit of an open dialogue with the imagery of Ahae's photographs."

In the summer of 2012, Ilan Eshkeri, a British composer who created the soundtracks for various films including "Ninja Assassin," "Kick Ass" and "Stardust," also composed a song for Yoo's exhibition at the Tuileries Garden in front of the Louvre Museum in 2012.

The composer also conducted two concerts held in the garden to celebrate the exhibition. He mentioned Hyuk-kee as his friend there, saying, "None of this would have been possible without the extraordinary generosity of the artist and vision of the son, the patron and my friend, Keith Yoo, who is with us tonight."

Eshkeri's website says that he was asked to compose music inspired by Yoo's photographic works. "Whilst writing he became fascinated by the artist's process," the website said.

Hyuk-kee's network extended to the culinary world as he ran the Manhattan, N.Y. branch of luxury French chocolate brand, Debauve & Gallais.

In photographs taken by Wire Image back in 2005, Hyuk-kee is posing with Daniel Boulud, a French chef from a Michelin starred restaurant, who has outlets across the U.S. , Canada, the U.K. and Singapore.

Furthermore, Yoo apparently has contacts in the diplomatic circles of Korea. In an event to celebrate the launch of his photography book last year, Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to Korea, and the Israeli ambassador were seen.

The Korea Times contacted the media representatives of the U.S. and Israeli embassies to enquire about their relationships with Yoo, but couldn't reach anyone for comment.

Skeptics about Yoo claim that Yoo and Hyuk-kee met influential figures through businesses and sponsorships.

According to the Louvre's endowment fund report for 2012, Yoo donated 1.1 million euro (1.54 billion won) to the museum's foundation under the pseudonym of "AHAE, a Korean entrepreneur and artist."

Mike von Joel, an editor-in-chief of the London-based State Media magazine, denied that Yoo could have the exhibition at the Tuileries Garden because of his endowment to the Louvre.

"No artist, however, exalted, can bribe a historical and world renowned institution such as the Louvre," von Joel wrote in a letter endorsing Yoo's works.





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Furthermore, Yoo apparently has contacts in the diplomatic circles of Korea. In an event to celebrate the launch of his photography book last year, Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to Korea, and the Israeli ambassador were seen.

The Korea Times contacted the media representatives of the U.S. and Israeli embassies to enquire about their relationships with Yoo, but couldn't reach anyone for comment.


Ambassadors attend many cultural events. It's part of their job.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bounty on Yoo is up to 500 million now.

If you catch him you won't have to work at the hogwon anymore!
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