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Lim Hye-dong, a blackmail suspect, arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his pretrial arrest warrant hearing, Jan. 25. Yonhap

Lim Hye-dong, a former professional baseball player, attended a court hearing Thursday on an arrest warrant requested last week for him on charges of extorting large sums of money from Korean major leaguers Kim Ha-seong and Ryu Hyun-jin. The 28-year-old Lim, appearing for the hearing at the Seoul Central District Court in the morning, remained tight-lipped in the face of reporters’ questions. Lim is accused of extorting 400 million won ($299,580) from Kim after they got into a physical altercation at a bar in southern Seoul in February 2021.

Ryu also allegedly paid about 300 million won to Lim after being threatened with a video that appears to show he punches Lim’s bottom at a bar in January 2022. At the time of both incidents, Lee was working as a manager at the agency to which the two players belonged .Seoul’s Gangnam Police Station requested an arrest warrant for Lim last Thursday on charges of blackmail. The police station also asked for an arrest warrant for an agency official, surnamed Park, on charges of joint blackmail after finding circumstantial evidence that they 카지노사이트킹 colluded with each other.

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