[사설] Kim Man-bae’s ‘He’ Controversy Spreads, Prosecutors’ Core Allegations

Kim Man-bae, a major shareholder of Hwacheon Daewoo Asset Management, a key figure in suspicion of preferential treatment for the Daejang-dong development project in Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, appears as a suspect at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office in Seocho-gu, Seoul on the 11th. By Huh Jung-ho, senior staff reporter

Controversy is spreading over what Kim Man-bae, a major shareholder of Hwacheon Daeyu, a key figure in the suspicion of development preferential treatment in Daejang-dong, Seongnam, said “him” in the transcript. According to a transcript submitted to the prosecution by accountant Jeong Yeong-hak, the major shareholder of Cheonhwa-dongin No. 5, Kim mentioned that “Half of Cheonhwa-dongin No. The analysis prevails that ‘He’ is Kim’s superior or the final manager who approved the development of Daejang-dong. The opposition party is raising the level of offensive by pointing to Gyeonggi Governor Lee Jae-myung, who was then the mayor of Seongnam, as the culprit. Even within the ruling party, it is said that the governor could be arrested on charges of breach of trust.

Kim’s lies are frowned upon. He initially denied saying, “I never said the word ‘he’.” Then, after being investigated by the prosecution on the 12th, he changed his words, saying, “I said this in order to prevent the conflict between the former business owners from spreading.” However, Kim overturned it again, saying, “I was too busy being investigated for a long time and did not understand the purpose of the question properly.” Kim wrote ‘Visiting Supreme Court Justice Kwon Soon-il’ in the record of access to the Supreme Court, and made an absurd excuse saying, “I went to the barber shop in the premises of the Supreme Court.” His words are no longer credible.

Attorney Nam-wook, the key man of suspicion and the major shareholder of the 4th largest shareholder, said in an interview the day before yesterday, “We were brothers and sisters,” and “Kim is the eldest brother.” “The ‘he’ that Mr. Kim said was an expression that was not used by Yoo Dong-gyu, former head of the planning division of Seongnam Urban Development Corporation.” Kim is four years older than Yoo, so there is no common sense reason to call him him. At least, it is reasonable inference to view that he is a powerful person with a higher status and greater authority than Mr. Yoo. Moreover, the development of Daejang-dong was promoted by Seongnam City, so it is hard to believe that Mr. Yoo, the head of the affiliated organization, took tens of billions of won by himself.

The public’s anger has hardly subsided. Seongnam citizens requested information disclosure from Seongnam City yesterday to investigate the connection between the governor and the Daejang-dong incident, and some held a walking demonstration urging the introduction of a special prosecutor. Nevertheless, the governor insists that it is a “distortion of the case,” and hastened to reduce the case. As he became the presidential candidate of the ruling party, he should give a more responsible answer. The ultimate goal of the prosecution and police investigations is, of course, to reveal the identity and role of ‘He’. If there is a will to investigate, it will not be difficult to find out the truth through account tracking. The Speculum must work hard, risking the fate of the organization. Otherwise, you will have no choice but to go to the special prosecutor in the end.

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