South Korea 'sextortion': 'Telegram' case suspect identified
The alleged operator of secret sex abuse chatrooms says he "lived the life of a devil" as he was paraded outside a South Korean court.
South Korean police took the unusual step of publicly identifying the 24-year-old accused leader of an online sexual blackmail ring after the case led to a national outcry in a country still focused on battling the coronavirus outbreak.
Prosecutors will now decide whether to formally charge him.
Al Jazeera's Sara Khairat reports.
South Korea has stepped up measures to contain the spread of the deadly new coronavirus, as confirmed infections rose sharply for a second day.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said it was now an emergency situation.
The southern cities of Daegu and Cheongdo have been declared "special care zones". The streets of Daegu are now largely abandoned.
South Korea has also locked down its military after several soldiers tested positive for the coronavirus.
The authorities have also told about 9,000 members of a religious group to self quarantine, after the sect was identified as a coronavirus hotbed.
On Friday, the country reported 52 new confirmed cases after 53 on Thursday. South Korea now has a total of 156 cases making it the largest cluster outside mainland China and the cruise ship docked off Japan. South Korea's reported cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 nearly doubled, to more than 200. Most of the new cases are members of a religious sect, the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, and are centered in the city of Daegu. The outbreak makes South Korea the worst-affected country outside China. China has reported an uptick in coronavirus cases, with more than 400 new infections in Chinese prisons alone. Globally, the viral outbreak has infected some 76,000 people and killed more than 2,200. Meanwhile, there have been violent clashes in Ukraine over fears that evacuees arriving in the country from China were infected with the coronavirus. South Korean officials announced they're implementing emergency measures in some cities because of the spike in cases. South Korea's prime minister says the country is facing an "emergency" after another rise in coronavirus cases.
Dozens have been linked to a church in the eastern city of Daegu. The government is increasing medical resources to try and stop any further spread.
Al Jazeera's Rob McBride reports from the southern city of Daegu, South Korea.