Grand jury indicts three in illegal dumping case

Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage federal grand jury has handed down indictments of a ship captain and two chief engineers connected to illegal dumping.

Doo Hyun Kim, the captain of the Khana, and In Ho Kim, the chief engineer, are charged with making false statements, using false records, obstructing a U.S. Coast Guard proceeding, and witness tampering.

The the two also are accused of instructing crew members to lie about the discharge of oil and sludge overboard.

The indictments are part of an ongoing investigation of four foreign flagged freight ships that arrived in Dutch Harbor in January.

According to prosecutors, the Coast Guard found a 15-foot long section of plastic hose equipped with two flanges that appeared to be a means of bypassing the vessel's oil water separator.

The second indictment charges Je Yong Lee, chief engineer of the Sohoh, with similar counts of using false records, obstructing a Coast Guard proceeding and witness tampering.

Doo Hyun Kim and In Ho Kim were arraigned in federal court in Anchorage Thursday. A jury trial has been set for May 13.

Je Yong Lee is expected to be arraigned Monday.

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