Ex-police superintendent loses suit to invalidate disciplinary punishment

A court ruled on Thursday that disciplinary action taken in 2022 against a then senior police officer for leading a meeting of colleagues to oppose the interior ministry's plan to establish a police oversight bureau was appropriate. The Seoul Administrative Court made the ruling in a suit filed by Ryu Sam-young, a former senior police superintendent, to nullify his three-month suspension slapped for organizing the controversial meeting of over 50 senior police officers in July 2022 to resist the police bureau. At that time, the National Police Agency's disciplinary committee held Ryu accountable for systematically protesting against the planned establishment of the police bureau in violation of his obligation to obey an order from above. The court said the grounds for the disciplinary action were recognized due to the plaintiff's violation of the obligation to obey an order and maintain dignity. Ryu resigned from the police in July last year and joined the main opposition Democratic Party. He unsuccessful ly ran for the National Assembly in a southern Seoul district in last week's general election. Source: Yonhap News Agency