South Gyeongsang Governor Goes Back to Jail After Top Court Verdict


    July 21, 2021 13:12

    South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Kyoung-soo heads to his office in Changwon on Wednesday. /Yonhap

    South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Kyoung-soo loses his post after the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld his conviction for opinion rigging.

    The court on Wednesday sentenced Kim, a close confidant of President Moon Jae-in, to two years in jail for obstructing official business by conspiring with power blogger Kim Dong-won, known as "Druking," to manipulate online opinion in favor of Moon ahead of the 2017 presidential election.

    Kim was released on bail after being 77 days in detention in 2019 on the grounds that he was a sitting governor and did not pose a flight risk. He now goes back to jail for the remaining 22 months.

    "I will endure the verdict of the top court," Kim said after the ruling. "My struggle to prove my innocence and the truth ends here, but the public will make a final decision in the case... I know the truth will triumph in the end."

    The ruling Minjoo Party also expressed regret over the ruling but said it will respect the court's decision.

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