September 23, 2019 13:30
Prosecutors on Monday raided Justice Minister Cho Kuk's house as part of their investigation of a scandal involving nepotism, corruption and shady financial dealings.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office seized a hard disk and papers from Cho's home in Seoul's affluent Bangbae-dong on Monday morning but declined to say on what charges the search warrant was issued.
There is speculation that it was related to allegations of document forgery, on which his wife has already been indicted, and dubious dealings surrounding a private equity fund owned by Cho's family. They made suspicious profits from investments linked to public projects.
Cho's wife Chung Kyung-shim, a professor at Dongyang University, was indicted on the same day her husband underwent his cursory confirmation hearing on charges of forging documents to help her daughter gain admission to prestigious schools.
Prosecutors believe the documents Cho's daughter submitted to Seoul National University, Busan National University and other schools, which include prizes and internship certificates, were forged or contained false information.
They asked Chung several times to submit the original copy of her daughter's letter of commendation purportedly issued by Dongyang University, but so far she has failed to comply.
Earlier, prosecutors said they were able to recover a hard disk from the Cho family's private financial adviser, who had helped Chung sneak into her office at Dongyang and spirit her PC away just ahead of a raid.
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