Assault and confinement among charges against Ok-joo
July 31, 2018 7:23 pm
Korean Police continue to investigate the founder of the Navua based Agricultural Company Grace Road, Shin Ok-joo.
According to JTBC news, one of the larger media outlets in Korea, Ok-joo was arrested on suspicion of assault and confinement in relation to around 400 migrants in Fiji.
It’s been headline news in South Korea that the Grace Road Founder Shin Ok-joo was arrested last week on the suspicion of confinement and assault among other charges.
According to news report, the charges are in relation to 400 migrants who moved to Fiji as part of the churches directive.
The report goes on to say that according to Korean Police, Pastor Ok-joo had set up a collective facility in Suva in 2014 and lured migrants to Fiji as the last paradise.
In the news piece, it appears that a returned church member claims that they would submit a substantial donation to travel to Fiji where their passports would be taken away to prevent their departure and their belongings seized.
The Grace Road Group in response have fervently denied the claims, saying that the false claims have gone too far.
In an email response, the church also goes on to clarify that the GR group consists of 150 investors who volunteered to come to Fiji.
Other charges against the church founder are reported to include the exploitation of foreign currency.
The Grace Road group has several businesses in Fiji from restaurants to hardware stores as well as a construction company which reportedly has acquired a number of government contracts.