Prosecutors Seek 4 Years in Jail for Ex-PM

      September 20, 2011 13:02

      Prosecutors are seeking a four-year prison term and forfeiture of W940 million for former prime minister Han Myeong-sook in a corruption trial (US$1=W1,136). Han is accused of receiving the same amount in illegal political funds from Han Man-ho, the former head of Hanshin Construction.

      On the last day of her trial at the Seoul Central District Court on Monday, prosecutors said Han used a considerable amount of the money for private purposes and asked her sister to launder the money.

      In April last year, Han was indicted for taking US$50,000 bribes from former Korea Express president Kwak Young-wook. But under questioning by prosecutors, she refused to answer some 130 questions, exercising her right to remain silent because she argued that prosecutors were abusing their right to arraign.

      Instead, she gave a 20-minute final statement, saying prosecutors are carrying out a "political vendetta" against her although she is known as a clean politician. "I am innocent of all charges," she added.

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