Korean police forward arson charges against woman
SEOUL — Local South Korean police have forwarded charges of trespassing, inflicting injury and arson against a Seoul woman to prosecutors in connection with last month’s fire at Yongsan Garrison, according to police and prosecutors.
Kweon Jung-ja, 57, is being held by South Korean police in connection with the March 16 fire that burned two buildings on Yongsan and a third on an adjacent base used by the Korean Service Corps.
Earlier this month, Kweon told police she started the early-morning blaze after entering an unlocked gate on the corps’ ground and using a cigarette lighter to ignite workers’ gloves. Kweon, in custody since the fire, also has had a police-ordered mental evaluation.
Prosecutor Park Gyu-taek was named to the case, according to the prosecutors’ office. Determining whether Kweon will be charged likely will take 19 or 20 days.