According to the legal community on the 22nd, the prosecution plans to investigate whether Mr. Lee was aware of the crimes of his aides and the fact that his aides exerted influence on the development project against Chief Jung, who was arrested on bribery charges.
An official from the prosecution met with reporters that day and asked, “Isn’t it necessary to investigate whether Lee knew that his aides were exercising power?” He said, “Of course it is necessary.” It is difficult to ascertain,” he said.Chief Jung was arrested on the 19th on four charges, including bribery under the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes, acceptance of bribes after illegal actions, violation of the Anti-Corruption Act, and instigation of destroying evidence.
Prosecutors believe that from February 2013 to October 2020, Chung received 140 million won from Yoo Dong-gyu, former head of the planning headquarters of the Seongnam Urban Development Corporation, in exchange for convenience in various projects over six times.
In addition, in February 2015, Chung is accused of handing over secrets related to the Daejang-dong development project, providing preferential treatment, and promising to share 24.5% (42.8 billion won after tax) of Kim Man-bae, a private business operator, with Vice Director Kim Yong and former general manager Yoo Dong-gyu.In the process of developing Wirye New Town, Chung is also accused of obtaining 21 billion won worth of development profits by using job secrets related to Seongnam City and Seongnam Urban Development Corporation to ensure that Attorney Nam Wook and others were selected as operators.
In addition, Chief Chung is also accused of instigating the destruction of evidence by ordering former head Yoo to throw away his mobile phone right before he was seized and searched by the prosecution on September 29 of last year.
Vice President Kim Yong, another aide to Lee, was arrested and indicted on the 8th for receiving 847 million won in illegal political funds for the purpose of using Lee for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
The prosecution mentioned Lee’s name several times in the arrest warrant for Chief Jung and the indictment for Vice-Director Kim, explaining the relationship between them and CEO Lee. Accordingly, there are observations that CEO Lee will be summoned sooner or later.
Regarding the criminal charges of Chief Chung and Deputy Director Kim that day, an official from the prosecution said, “They made a close relationship with a private business through the medium of local autonomy and took a huge amount of personal gain.” he explained.
Regarding Lee’s criticism of Facebook as “not guilty, not guilty” after the arrest of Chief Chung, an official from the prosecution said, “It is a malicious political frame to criticize the prosecution’s investigation without specific grounds even though an arrest warrant was legally issued in accordance with the law and procedures. “We will do our best to find out the truth,” he said.
Regarding the suspicion of a sentence deal between the head of the headquarters and the prosecution raised by the lawyer for Chief Chung, he said, “It is a unilateral argument on the part of the suspect, and there can be no sentence deal.” No, such words themselves are ignoring the judicial process.”
Regarding Yoo’s change of statement in court, saying, “The prosecution treated me with sincerity, I began to speak frankly.”
Prosecutors are planning to change the facts of the previous indictment, as the prosecution has confirmed that Chief Chung and Vice Director Kim also decided to share the shares in the development of Daejang-dong.
When prosecuting Director Yu Jeon and Man-bae Kim, Wook Nam, and Young-hak Jeong, respectively, on charges of accepting bribes or violating the special law (bribery) after wrongful treatment, the person who decided to receive ‘42.8 billion won in profits from Daejang-dong’ was accused of receiving ‘Daejang-dong profits of 42.8 billion won’. specified by name. However, while recently detaining and indicting Vice-Director Kim, the indictment listed three people as Jeong Jin-sang, Kim Yong, and Yoo Dong-gyu, who decided to receive 42.8 billion won.
An official from the prosecution said, “We will review whether the change of the indictment is necessary in the future trial process and take necessary measures.”
(Seoul = News 1)
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