Ex-president Chun Doo-hwan apparently remains unimpressed by reports that his equally disgraced successor Roh Tae-woo is at last getting ready to pay outstanding fines for corruption in office.
Chun (81), who has paid only a fraction of a W220.5 billion (US$1=W1,123) fine for corruption in office and still owes W167.2 billion, has not commented on the reports, but remarks from aides suggest he is not going to pay up willingly despite raids on the lavish homes and offices of his family.
Min Jung-ki (71), Chun's former secretary, said, Roh’s decision to pay the remainder of his fine "has nothing to do with us and we’re not interested." He added Chun would not change his position, claiming that the two former leaders live in different circumstances.
Chun claims to be broke but continues to live a life of luxury.
He convened a family meeting at the end of last month where all agreed not to pay the rest of his fine even if one or more of them get arrested in a massive operation now underway to recover the money.
One former bodyguard said a few people with close ties to the ex-president advised him to get his family to pay the rest of the fine, but Chun refused saying that "would not improve public perception" of him.