May 21, 2015 12:02
Prosecutors on Wednesday said they will indict former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo and South Gyeongsang Province Governor Hong Joon-pyo in a widening graft scandal.
The two were on a list of politicians who allegedly took bribes from the former lawmaker and dubious property developer Sung Wan-jong, who killed himself last month.
Prosecutors said Lee and Hong were also investigated on suspicion of trying to pressure witnesses, which would amount to an attempt to destroy evidence and require arrest, but they were found not to have been directly involved.
Lee allegedly took W30 million (US$1=W1,096) in cash from Sung during regional elections in 2013. Hong is charged with receiving W100 million from a bagman for Sung in 2011. Both deny the charges.
Sung left a list of senior figures, many close to President Park Geun-hye, who he said took bribes from him.
Prosecutors will now begin probing other officials on Sung's list.
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