November 08, 2019 13:17
Ex-justice minister Cho Kook's wife, Chung Kyung-shim, and his younger brother Cho Kwon, both failed to show up for questioning by prosecutors on Thursday citing health reasons.
Both Chung and the younger Cho are under arrest in a remand prison. This is the second time Cho failed to show up for questioning. As for Chung, prosecutors attempted to question her eight times since her arrest on Oct. 23, but she refused three times citing poor health. Of the other five sessions, two were cut short for the same reason.
The longer their investigation drags on, the longer it will take to summon Cho Kuk himself. Cho and his family are accused of corruption, document forgery and shady financial dealings.
President Moon Jae-in for mysterious reasons railroaded Cho's appointment as justice minister through amid the snowballing scandal, but he only lasted 35 days in the job.
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