Senior Judge Arrested on 'Nature Republic' Bribery Scandal

Write : 2016-09-01 09:16:57 Update : 2016-09-01 09:22:26

Senior Judge Arrested on 'Nature Republic' Bribery Scandal

Prosecutors have arrested a senior judge, who is suspected to have received bribes from the former head of local cosmetics company, Nature Republic. 

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said Thursday that it arrested the chief judge at a regional court in Gyeonggi Province, surnamed Kim, on charges of bribery at 2:30 a.m., after a 17-hour grilling.

According to the prosecution, in 2014, Kim bought a used Range Rover SUV belonging to former Nature Republic CEO Jung Woon-ho at much lower than market price and got some of the money back from Jung.

Kim is also suspected of going on a trip to Vietnam with the businessman, who allegedly paid for most of the travel expenses.

Jung himself is also mired in a string of corruption allegations and was already jailed for illegal gambling earlier this year

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