GUATEMALA CITY, Feb 11, 2010 (AFP) - Two South Korean soldiers and five Guatemalans - an army major and four policeman - were arrested here Thursday and accused of kidnapping and killing two South Korean businessmen last month, a prosecutor said.
The South Korean soldiers were arrested while attempting to leave the country, organized crime prosecutor Rony Lopez said.
The burnt bodies of 47-year-old You Chang Okey and 30-year-old Kim Dong Ha were found buried in wasteland near the capital.
The soldiers own a secretive casino in an affluent neighborhood south of Guatemala City, the Prensa Libre newspaper said on its website.
According to reports, the soldiers called on their Guatemalan contacts to kidnap the businessmen after they won 25,000 dollars at the casino.
When the bodies were found officials said they were investigating whether it had been a revenge crime, after the South Koreans closed a factory apparently without compensating workers who lost their jobs.