Ex-Justice Minister Turns up for Questioning

      November 14, 2019 13:47

      Fly-by-night Justice Minister Cho Kuk appeared for questioning by prosecutors on Thursday.

      Cho resigned on Oct. 14 after just 35 days in the job amid a snowballing corruption scandal and massive street protests against his appointment.

      Earlier, prosecutors indicted Cho's wife, Chung Kyung-shim, for forging documents to help her daughter gain admission to prestigious universities, dubious investments in a private equity fund run by Cho's family and tampering with evidence.

      Prosecutors are also investigating whether a scholarship their daughter received from Pusan National University's medical school can be construed as a bribe to the former minister.

      Reporters gather in front of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Thursday as former Justice Minister Cho Kuk appears for questioning. /Yonhap

      The daughter won a scholarship of W12 million even though her family is rich and her father had fulminated against scholarships going to anyone but those in real need (US$1=W1,169).

      The dean of the medical school was appointed superintendent of Pusan Medical Center in June, and prosecutors suspect that Cho played a role in the promotion when he was chief presidential secretary for civil affairs.

      Prosecutors also believe Cho played a role in getting his alma mater, Seoul National University, to issue a false record of his daughter serving as an intern there.

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