Investigators visited Sergeant A in March — telling him they knew he was gay and his ex-partner had already admitted their “crimes.”
They asked him deeply personal and explicit questions, leaving him feeling “uncomfortable and humiliated,” Sergeant A told CNN.
“The atmosphere was very oppressive and humiliating,” he said. “I was scared.”
The South Korea military and the defense ministry declined multiple requests for an interview and referred CNN to an April statement:
“To keep the military community sound and given the special nature of military discipline, sexual relations with same sex soldiers are being punished as ‘disgraceful conduct’ under military law.”
The military penal code bans homosexual activity under Article 92-6 “to keep the military community sound.”
The law regards same-sex relations between soldiers as “disgraceful conduct,” akin to sexual assault. One man convicted last month was given a six month suspended prison sentence.
In a statement, Amnesty International East Asia director Roseann Rife called for the conviction to be immediately overturned and the group condemned what it described as “an outrageous military gay witch-hunt.”