A Ho Chi Minh City court on Thursday sentenced two South Korean men to jail for kidnapping a countryman in an attempt to extort money.
Shim Sung Bo, 29, was sentenced to one year and Nam Koung Soon, 39, to three months and 16 days, both for illegal detention, by the HCMC People’s Court, news website Dan Tri reported.
According to the indictment, on November 14, 2013, Shim paid Kim Hueng Sik US$150,000 to buy Kim's restaurant in Chu Manh Trinh Street, District 1.
Kim transferred the restaurant’s business license to Shim, but he failed to transfer to Shim its lease contract despite several meetings to resolve the issue in March 2014.
Shim and Bong Byung Gon, another South Korean who had lent Shim the money to pay for the restaurant, then demanded Kim to pay a total $228,500 as compensation. Kim refused to.
Bong and Shim hatched a plan to kidnap Kim to force him to pay the money.
On March 26, 2014, Shim and a South Korean named Jang Hak Bong came to Kim’s apartment in District 4, where they beat him up and detained him illegally.
The next day, Shim asked Nam Koung Soon to watch Kim when he went out. Kim managed to text his Vietnamese girlfriend to ask for help when Nam was not noticing.
The woman informed the police who rescued Kim and arrested Nam. Shim was also arrested soon afterwards.
Jang and Bong managed to flee back to South Korea.