January 25, 2019 08:32
Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae on Thursday became the first judge in the country's modern history to be arrested and thrown in remand jail.
The arrest warrant for Yang (70) was issued by the Seoul Central District Court.
Yang faces over 40 charges, most of them related to accusations that he rigged cases in favor of the government of disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye and sidelined judges considered unfriendly to her.
The presiding judge said the allegations against Yang are clear and serious, and there are concerns that he may destroy evidence.
One key charge is that Yang intentionally delayed decisions about compensation for victims of forced labor under the Japanese occupation in order to spare Park a diplomatic headache.
As a former head of the judiciary, Yang will probably be kept away from other inmates, as was the case with Park herself.
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