South Korean College Student Detained for Facebook threat Against Park Geun Hye

David Lee, Feb. 17, 2016, 10:11 a.m.

A college student was apprehended Wednesday on suspicion of threatening President Park Geun-hye with a Facebook message calling for an attack on her office, police said. The student, identified only by his last name Kim, is suspected of posting the message last month using abusive language toward Park and photos of guns and ammunition, according to the police.

Police tracked him down after receiving the suspect's IP address from Facebook headquarters in the U.S. Kim, who was found to live in Cheongju, about 137 kilometers south of Seoul, told police during questioning that he used a false-name account for about a week to see how people would respond, but had no intention to harm or attack the president.

"The photos had been taken from the Internet and nothing out of the ordinary was found at his home," a police official said. "We figured that he had no ulterior motives, sent him home after questioning, and are reviewing whether to apply charges of blackmail and slander."


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