SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean Army sergeant was sentenced to death on Tuesday for killing five of his fellow conscripts and wounding seven others in a shooting rampage in June.
In recent years, the military has come under harsh scrutiny for disciplinary problems, with bloodshed occasionally erupting within the ranks. In 2005, an army private who had been hazed by his superiors killed eight fellow soldiers in a front-line army unit. In 2011, a corporal bullied by fellow marines went on a shooting rampage at a base near the maritime border with North Korea, killing four. Last April, a 20-year-old private died after being repeatedly bullied and beaten by other soldiers.