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Korean soldiers’ crimes against civilians grow
Publication Date : 26-08-2014
The number of crimes by soldiers against civilians has risen in recent years, according to data from the Ministry of National Defence and South Korea's armed services.
The total number of criminal cases involving service members, which stood at 2,910 in 2011, rose to 2,975 in 2012 and 3,757 last year. As of June 30 this year, the number was tallied at 1,841, according to the data obtained by Saenuri Party Rep. Shon In-chun.
Last year, traffic-related crimes accounted for 28.9 per cent of the total cases involving soldiers, while assault and fraud cases made up 28.7 per cent and 9.8 per cent, respectively. Sexual crimes comprised 8.9 per cent and manslaughter cases 1.4 per cent.
In terms of rank, 55.5 per cent of the crimes were committed by enlisted soldiers while 29.6 per cent of the cases were perpetrated by noncommissioned officers and 11.2 per cent by commissioned officers.
The Army topped the list with its members implicated in 2,702 incidents, some 71.9 per cent of the total, while the Navy and Air Force personnel were involved in 791 cases, or 21.1 per cent, and 191 cases, or 5.1 per cent, respectively.
“The fact that the number of crimes by soldiers against civilians has been on the rise each year illustrates that the soldiers were oblivious to their duty and roles to protect the lives and properties of the people,” said Shon.