The top office stated that it is legally impossible to request a retrial of a man convicted of raping an eight-year-old schoolgirl in order to enforce stronger punishment.
 
Senior presidential secretary for civil affairs Cho Kuk on Wednesday addressed public calls to strengthen punishment for Cho Doo-soon who was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2008.
 
The court had made the decision based on the grounds that he had been drunk when he beat and raped the child in a public toilet.
 
Most of the public criticized that the sentence was too lenient, and over the last three months, 615-thousand people signed a petition on the presidential office's Web site, protesting the offender's release from prison in 2020 and calling for a retrial.
 
The senior secretary explained that retrials can only be requested in cases where the offender is found to be innocent or has committed a lesser crime than initially believed.
 
However, the official said the 65-year-old offender must wear an electronic bracelet for seven years for authorities to keep tabs on his whereabouts, and disclose his whereabouts for five years.