Uber’s chief executive has been told he could face two years in prison if he ever visited South Korea.
Travis Kalanick is wanted by authorities in the country claiming his company is operating illegally because it provides transportation without adequate licenses.
They’ve charged him in absentia and if convicted he could be imprisoned for two years, which would be the latest controversy the embattled CEO.
His company has always been unpopular with local cab drivers who feel it is encroaching on their business, but recent controversies, including the alleged rape of a woman in India by someone working for the company, has caused resentment to grow.
Uber had been banned from capital Seoul earlier in 2014, with city officials offering money to anyone who reported taxi drivers working for the company.
Uber doesn’t think it’s done anything illegal and has hit back, saying: ‘it is (not) appropriate for authorities to seek to punish drivers who are trying to make a living through this service.’
It was not certain whether Kalanick would travel to Seoul but the company did add it would fully cooperate.