South Korea: Former senior prosecutor gets jail term for bribery

Author(s): UNK | Date: February 7, 2017 | Language: English
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A Seoul court sentenced an ex-prosecutor to two and a half years in prison on Tuesday for receiving kickbacks from his friend in return for peddling influence in an investigation, the latest ruling in a serious of corruption scandals that rocked the country’s legal circle.
The Seoul Central District Court found Kim Hyung-joon guilty of receiving some 27 million won (US$23,600) worth of bribes from his high school friend, identified only by his surname Kim. In return, he promised to lobby local prosecutors who were investigating the businessman over fraud and embezzlement allegations.
Prosecutors had sought a seven-year term against him for allegedly receiving over 50 million won from the friend between 2012 and last year.

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