Gyeonggi Governor's House Raided in Fake News Scandal


    November 27, 2018 13:18

    Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung talks to reporters in front of the provincial office in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    Prosecutors on Tuesday morning raided Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung's house in Bundang amid suspicions that Lee's wife used a pseudonymous Twitter handle to spread fake news about President Moon Jae-in and other political rivals of her husband.

    Prosecutors raided the house in search for a missing smartphone that Lee and his wife Kim Hye-gyeong used during the race for the presidential candidacy in the Minjoo Party, when Lee was up against Moon and others. Lee has claimed he lost the phone.

    Prosecutors also searched his provincial office in Suwon. Lee said he is ready to cooperate with prosecutors and expressed hope that his wife will be free from suspicion soon.

    Kim is suspected of having conducted smear campaigns against Moon and others under the Twitter handle 08_hkkim since 2013. Lee denies the allegations and claims e-mail accounts linked to the Twitter account were hacked.

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