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Hanwha chairman's prison term suspended for 1 month for health reasons

Hanwha chairman's prison term suspended for 1 month for health reasons

A South Korean court suspended for one month a prison term for the convicted chairman of Hanwha Group so he can seek medical treatment, an official said Tuesday.
Kim Seung-youn, the chairman of conglomerate Hanwha Group, was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison in July for a sensational revenge attack on bar workers involved in a scuffle with his 22-year-old son, a student at Yale University.
The Seoul Central District Court accepted Kim's request for a suspension of his prison term earlier in the day.
Kim "needs to receive medical treatment in a hospital," said Lee Dong-geun, a court spokesman.
The court restricted Kim to staying at a hospital in Seoul during the one-month suspension, Lee said.
Kim's health has worsened due to severe depression after he was sentenced to prison, said Hanwha officials. Kim in the past has suffered from heart and leg problems, according to Hanwha spokesman Ju Cheol-beom.
The Seoul District Court ruled on July 2 that Kim's bodyguards forcibly took the bar workers to a construction site near the capital, where the tycoon kicked and punched them.
Kim, 55, also hit one of the workers with a steel pipe and threatened the victims with an electronic shock device, the ruling said.
The dramatic details of the case drew intense public interest in South Korea, where the heads of family controlled conglomerates wield great economic, political and social clout.
Hanwha was established in 1952 as the Korea Explosives Corp. It later developed interests in petrochemicals, finance, insurance, construction and retail. It also owns the Hanwha Eagles professional baseball team.