Moon Orders Probe of Senior Prosecutor, Justice Ministry Official

Write : 2017-05-18 11:06:05 Update : 2017-05-18 13:11:13

Moon Orders Probe of Senior Prosecutor, Justice Ministry Official

Anchor: President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe into allegations that envelopes of cash exchanged hands at a dinner hosted by a senior prosecutor and a Justice Ministry official. The probe is expected to signal the launch of prosecutorial reform.
Our Kim In-kyung has more.
 
Report: President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe of a senior prosecutor and a Justice Ministry official who allegedly handed envelopes of cash to each other’s juniors.
 
Lee Young-ryeol, chief of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, and Ahn Tae-geun, director of the criminal affairs bureau of the Justice Ministry, are said to have given envelopes containing 700-thousand to one million won in cash to each other’s subordinates at a dinner last month.
 
Several prosecutors from Lee's special investigation team, which probed former President Park Geun-hye's corruption scandal, attended the dinner. Two officials from Ahn's bureau joined.
 
Lee's team was facing criticism at the time of the dinner because it didn't look into the connection between Ahn and Woo Byung-woo, a former senior presidential secretary in the Park administration. Ahn and Woo are said to have held hundreds of phone conversations while Woo was still working at the top office but subject to an independent counsel probe. Woo is the only suspect in the Park-Choi Soon-sil scandal who avoided jail.
 
The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission said the case could be a violation of the anti-corruption law.
 
The presidential office said Wednesday that the source of the money, why it was given and if it is legal should be investigated.
 
The top office added that a probe is necessary as the officials failed to give clear explanations for their actions.
 
Senior presidential secretary for public affairs Yoon Young-chan called for a thorough investigation in order to tighten discipline in public office and to look into whether the anti-graft law was violated.
 
The investigation will also probe whether the Justice Ministry and the prosecution are using their special activity allowances inappropriately.
 
The two agencies held emergency meetings to discuss the target and method of the probe and said they will swiftly launch an investigation.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News. 

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