Prosecutors in South Korea are investigating allegations that thier ambassador to Ethiopia sexually harassed several embassy employees and volunteers.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office is reviewing a complaint filed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs against Ambassador Kim Moon-hwan, according to prosecutors and ministry officials.
Kim is suspected of “touching a female embassy employee while taking her home”, reports the Korean Times. He previously denied the allegations and said he had once “tapped her on the shoulder” which she “may have taken the wrong way.”
However a special in-house probe by the ministry was met with a string of reports testifying that Kim had drinks with young female volunteers in an “improper manner.”
The volunteers were part of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), a foreign aid organization under the ministry.
Korean foreign ministry filed a complaint to the prosecutors’ office after concluding there were “multiple victims” of “one public official.”
This is the first time an incumbent ambassador has faced a sexual assault charge. Kim has reportedly returned to Seoul. (Capital Ethiopia)