檢, Lee Seong-yoon sentenced to 2 years in prison for ‘Kim Hak’s illegal withdrawal investigation’


Prosecutors asked for a prison term for Lee Seong-yoon, a researcher at the Judicial Research and Training Institute (former chief of the Seoul High Prosecutor’s Office), who was accused of exerting external pressure on former Vice Minister of Justice Kim Hak-eui’s alleged illegal departure ban investigation.

On the 2nd, the 27th Criminal Agreement Division (Chief Judge Kim Ok-gon) of the Seoul Central District Court held the 15th trial of former High Prosecutor General Lee, who was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of the exercise of rights.

Prosecutors asked the court to sentence the former high prosecutor to two years in prison.

Prior to the sentencing on this day, a witness examination of former Vice Minister of Justice Lee Yong-gu was conducted.

In 2019, former Vice Minister Lee said, “The accused was an outsider,” in response to a prosecutor’s question about the former High Prosecutor’s Office’s influence within the prosecution.

He said, “Because the Moon Jae-in administration appreciated that point, (the former high prosecutor) appointed him as the prosecutor general of the Ministry of Justice and the chief of the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office, not because he was influential.”

In June 2019, when the former head of the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office’s anti-corruption department, the Anyang Branch of the Suwon District Prosecutor’s Office reported that he would investigate the prosecutor of the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office’s fact-finding team at the time of Lee Kyu-won in relation to the suspicion of illegal withdrawals from former Vice Minister Kim, he was handed over to trial on charges of suspending it by applying external pressure. .

Prosecutors believe that former high prosecutor Lee abused his power to pressure the Anyang branch office to stop the investigation, even though he knew that Lee did not have the authority to prohibit an emergency departure from the country and wrote a post-approval request form with a false internal investigation number at the time.

In this regard, the first trial process is currently underway, including former Blue House civil affairs secretary Lee Kwang-cheol, who was handed over to trial for a separate charge of leading the ‘illegal departure ban’ case.

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