A former ruling Saenuri Party official has been put under arrest on suspicion of taking illegal political funds from a deceased businessman during the 2012 presidential election, prosecutors said Friday.
The special prosecution team probing the case said it has put the 54-year-old former official, identified only by his surname Kim, under emergency arrest Thursday night to corroborate a suspected “bribery list” left behind by Sung Wan-jong, who committed suicide in April.
One of the allegations was that Kim received 200 million won($180,000) sometime around the election from Sung, the late chairman of construction firm Keangnam Enterprises Inc.
Kim was the chief co-spokesperson for President Park Geun-hye, Saenuri’s presidential candidate at the time.
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