Former KIA manager Kim Jong-guk rejected arrest warrant for Jang Jung-seok… “Defensive right guaranteed”
Arrest warrants for former manager Kim Jong-guk (51) and former general manager Jang Jung-seok (51) of the KIA Tigers in professional baseball were rejected.
Yoo Chang-hoon, a senior judge in charge of warrants at the Seoul Central District Court, conducted an interrogation of the suspect before the arrest of Kim and Jang, who are suspected of committing malpractice, on the 30th and said, “It is difficult to say that there is a fear of destroying evidence or running away,” adding, “It is difficult to admit the reason and necessity of arrest.”
“It is necessary to guarantee the right to defend against illegal solicitations when looking at the status of the club’s advertising sponsorship before the withdrawal of money, a series of processes such as the details and timing of the advertisements of the sponsors, and the involvement of the suspects,” he explained.
Former head coach Kim and former head coach Jang are suspected of receiving about 100 million won and tens of millions of won, respectively, in the name of signing and maintaining an advertising contract from a coffee company, a sponsor of KIA. The prosecution’s arrest warrant reportedly contains circumstantial evidence that former head coach Kim met with the company’s chairman in July 2022 and received 60 million won in checks.
In August of the same year, the team’s uniform was advertised as a dog, and the prosecution judges that money was exchanged in the process of entering the “home run zone” installed on the fence of the home stadium. Former general manager Jang was also applied with an attempted breach of trust, which demanded back money during free agent (FA) negotiations with catcher Park Dong-won (LG Twins) in 2022.
The KIA team terminated its contract with Kim on Tuesday. “Through our own investigation, we have confirmed that Kim is currently a suspect and is under investigation by the prosecution on charges of bribery,” the Kia Tigers said. “Regardless of the investigation results, we decided to make this decision as we judged that he was an act that damaged his dignity.” “We will appoint a successor as soon as possible,” the team said.
KIA confirmed that former head coach Kim was investigated by investigative authorities by a report on the 25th, and finally confirmed it at a meeting with head coach Kim on the 27th and suspended his duties on the 28th. Immediately after terminating the contract, he said in an apology, “I feel a great responsibility for this matter and will make every effort to improve the selection process of coaches and coaches and to educate club members on compliance so that they do not repeat their mistakes again,” and stressed, “We will follow up so that the team’s operation can be normalized quickly.” 라바카지노
Before departing for Canberra, Australia on Monday, Kia’s chief coach Jin Gap-yong said in tears, “I am flustered because I have never experienced this before. The first thing that sets the mood of the team is to keep calm. I hope everyone will not be swayed too much and exercise as usual.” “I asked the team leader (Shim Jae-hak) to feel responsible. I will focus on holding the camp.”