A suspended prison sentence was sought for Oh Jae-yoon (74), head of the Jeju Economic Promotion Agency, who was handed over to trial for violating the Public Interest Whistleblower Protection Act.

The Jeju District Prosecutor’s Office asked the judge to sentence Oh, who was charged with violating the Public Interest Whistleblower Protection Act, to a sentence of six months in prison and one year of probation at the decision trial held on the 10th at the third independent hearing of the Jeju District Court.

In March 2021, while serving as the head of the Jeju Tennis Association, Director Oh is accused of opening a Sports Fair Committee for disciplinary action against Mr. A, a public interest whistleblower who was the former secretary general who reported to the police about allegations of embezzlement of association subsidies.

According to the articles of incorporation of the Jeju Tennis Association, members of the Sports Fair Committee are to be commissioned by the president in consultation with the Jeju Sports Association, but it was confirmed that there was no consultation with the Provincial Sports Association regarding the appointment of members at the time.스포츠토토

The Sports Fair Committee of the Jeju Island Tennis Association expelled Mr. A from the association for the reason that he reported to the police.

The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission recommended that the Provincial Sports Association take disciplinary action against President Oh, saying that this case was a retaliatory measure against the public interest whistleblower.

Director Oh was appointed head of the Jeju Economic and Trade Promotion Agency after Oh Young-hoon, governor of Jeju Island, was elected last year.

Director Oh said in his final statement that day, “I did everything wrong,” and appealed, “However, please take into consideration the fact that I did not know that Mr. A was a public interest whistleblower at the time, and that Mr. A withdrew the related complaint.”

Under the current Local Public Officials Act, if a local public official is sentenced to imprisonment or heavier punishment, he or she is forced to retire.

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