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The army has denied allegations that investigators are using the case to embark on a broader mission to weed out gay soldiers."Military investigators used the information they gained from the investigation on the sex video to track down other gay soldiers in the army, starting by forcing the suspects to identify who they had sex with and then widening their search from there," said Lim, who said a soldier tipped his group off about the alleged crackdown.Since then we don't know where he is.' Ritchie said An Vinh Nguyen was reported missing by his family on April 1. Detectives have not determined a motive for either crime and have not ruled out whether they were targeted due to their sexuality.He said they could possibly be dealing with serial killers.Gay men are not exempt from conscription but are banned from engaging in homosexual activity while serving, leading to an environment in which they serve without revealing their sexual identity for fear of discrimination and reprisals.Taehoon Lim, head of the Military Human Rights Center for Korea, speaks during an interview in Seoul, on April 21, 2017.Military investigators looking into the case have threatened soldiers to out their gay peers, confiscated cellphones to check communication records, and even used dating apps to dupe soldiers into revealing their sexual identity, said Lim Tae-hoon, the head of the Military Human Rights Center for Korea, which tracks down abuses in the armed forces.South Korea's army says it's conducting a proper criminal investigation into soldiers allegedly involved with filming and uploading the video, which is a violation of the country's communications laws and a military penal code that makes homosexual activity punishable by up to two years in prison.
The army doesn't reveal information about how often it pursues cases against gay soldiers, but Lim said in the five years before 2017 he knows of only two cases where soldiers were prosecuted for homosexual activity.
South Korean soldiers in the 300-member Cheonghae Unit undergo anti-piracy training on the seas off Geoje Island, South Korea, on April 21, 2017, ahead of their upcoming dispatch to Somalia.
(Korean military handout photo) A watchdog group says South Korea's army is hunting down and prosecuting gay servicemen after a video of two male soldiers having sex was posted on the internet earlier this year, stoking fear in an already persecuted minority group.
Several days later after he was reported missing we found his vehicle.'Through our investigation, and through a few weeks we were able to develop a suspect who was identified as Brandon Lyons, who was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.'Through our investigation and several months of work, along with the DA's office, we were able to file a capital murder charge on Brandon Lyons for the death of Glenser Soliman.'During our investigation of this case, in early April, I was made aware of another missing male by the name of An Vinh Nguyen.
Through our investigation and through things that we have discovered we realized that these cases were most likely linked.