Kwak No-hyun, the suspended Seoul education chief, was fined 30 million won (US$26,399) on Thursday for bribing a rival candidate to drop out of the 2010 election for the capital's education superintendent seat. The Seoul Central District Court delivered the sentence to the liberal educator for violating the local election and education governance laws. With the ruling, Kwak will immediately be released and serve as the superintendent of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education until a further ruling by higher courts. Prosecutors had sought a four-year prison sentence for him.
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