South Korean prosecutors have requested the death penalty for four individuals involved in a crypto murder-kidnap case where a woman was abducted and killed for her cryptocurrency holdings. The incident occurred in Seoul's Gangnam District in March. The victim was believed to have worked at a crypto-related company and possessed a significant amount of Bitcoin. The suspects have claimed that the woman's death was accidental, but they have confessed to kidnapping her and attempting to steal her digital coins. South Korea has not executed a criminal since 1997, but the death penalty has not been formally abolished. Nearly 60 people are currently on death row in the country. Seven individuals were arrested and charged shortly after the victim's body was discovered near a dam. The prosecution alleges that Lee Kyung-woo was the mastermind behind the crime, with Hwang Dae-han as his main accomplice. They believe that Lee and Hwang were paid by a couple named Yoo Sang-won and Hwang Eun-hee to commit the crime. The prosecution has requested the death penalty for all four main suspects and a life imprisonment verdict for another individual involved in the killing. They argue that the defendants have shown no remorse and have made allegations against the police. In August, Lee retracted his previous confession, claiming that he had been coerced by corrupt officers. Additionally, the prosecution has asked for a five-year prison sentence for Lee's wife and a seven-year jail term for another accomplice who backed out of the planned killing.
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