October 24, 2019 11:42
Former Justice Minister Cho Kuk's wife, Chung Kyung-shim, was arrested in the small hours of Thursday on a dozen charges ranging from forging documents to finagle her daughter's admission to prestigious schools to benefiting from public projects with a dubious hedge fund that was engaged in suspicious financial dealings.
The Seoul Central District Court granted an arrest warrant due to concerns that she could try to destroy evidence.
Her arrest came about 58 days after prosecutors launched an investigation into a welter of corruption allegations against Cho's family.
Out of a dozen allegations, the ex-justice minister faces at least four of the same charges. Prosecutors are now expected to move the focus to Cho and summon him for questioning sooner or later.
Chung reportedly denied all the charges against her.
One of her lawyers claimed, "Chung suffers from a brain tumor" in an apparent bid to avoid her detention.
But the court dismissed the claim, judging her health condition as not being serious enough to justify sparing her detention.
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