Prosecution: Ex-President Park Spent NIS Fund on Personal Use

Write : 2017-11-15 15:40:05 Update : 2017-11-15 16:01:59

Prosecution: Ex-President Park Spent NIS Fund on Personal Use

Anchor: The prosecution believes ex-President Park Geun-hye received money from former directors of the National Intelligence Service(NIS) and used it for personal purposes. Amid allegations that the NIS directors paid billions of won to the top office when ousted President Park was in charge, a prosecution official has identified the case as a bribery scandal.
Kim Bum-soo has more.  
Report: The prosecution says impeached former President Park Geun-hye used the National Intelligence Service's(NIS) special activity allowance for personal uses.
Amid an intensifying probe into former NIS directors under the Park administration, an official at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Wednesday revealed where the current investigation is targeted. 
While identifying the case as a bribery scandal involving public servants and the former president, the official said that stern punishment is inevitable.
The official was addressing criticism that the prosecution is risking national security by seeking to arrest all three former NIS directors of the previous government.  
The official argued that it is only fair for the prosecution to seek arrest warrants for the three former NIS directors, noting that Park's former secretaries Ahn Bong-geun and Lee Jae-man were arrested for delivering NIS funds to the ex-president.
Prosecutors have sought an arrest warrant for Lee Byung-kee, who served as NIS director from 2014 to 2015.
Lee, who was placed under emergency detention on Tuesday, is accused of diverting money from the agency's coffers to close aides of the ex-president on a monthly basis.
The two other NIS directors who served under Park, Nam Jae-joon and Lee Byung-ho, also face arrest as prosecutors requested court warrants for them on the same charges on Tuesday.
Prosecutors believe that regular payments of 50 million won, or about 45-thousand dollars, doubled to 100 million won when Lee Byung-kee and Lee Byung-ho headed the South Korean state intelligence authority.
A total of about four billion won, or three-point-six million dollars, was allegedly delivered to Park. 
All three former spy agency chiefs told prosecutors that the payments were made at the request of the presidential office.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

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