Asset Manager of Cho Kuk's Wife Guilty of Hiding Evidence

      June 29, 2020 11:18

      Former Justice Minister Cho Kuk's wife Chung Kyung-shim (right) removes a computer from her office at Dongyang University with her asset manager in September last year, in this grab from CCTV footage.

      The asset manager of fly-by-night Justice Minister Cho Kuk's wife Chung Kyung-shim has been found guilty of trying to hide evidence of the pair's wrongdoings.

      The Seoul Central District Court on Friday gave Kim Kyung-rok a two-year suspended sentence for spiriting away Chung’s office computer as a nepotism investigation was closing in.

      Kim was arrested last August after removing three hard disks from Chung’s personal computer at her home and a desktop from her office at Dongyang University in North Gyeongsang Province and hiding them in his car.

      The computer and disks contained evidence of forged documents and other violations to pad the couple's daughter's application to medical school.

      The ruling suggests that Chung will also be found guilty of similar charges.

      The judge said, "Kim committed the crime of hindering the exercise of criminal justice by hiding the computer hard disks and desktop computer when prosecutors began searching [Chung's] home and office." The judge added that the offense should not be taken lightly because key pieces of evidence were on the desktop."

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