S Korea soldiers charged over death of conscript

Five South Korean soldiers have been arrested on manslaughter charges for an assault that led to the death of a young conscript they had repeatedly bullied, the military said on Thursday.

The case comes on the back of two separate suicides by army privates last weekend, and a deadly shooting spree last month in which a sergeant killed five members of his unit for taunting him.

The five detained men allegedly assaulted a 23-year-old private in April, striking him in the chest and causing a chunk of food to get lodged in his airway. The soldier, identified by his surname Yoon, died of asphyxiation. ‘The five were all charged with manslaughter,’ an army spokesman said. Investigators said Yoon had been the target of regular bullying, including sessions of crude water-boarding.


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