A former president’s brother and the ex-chairman of the main opposition party allegedly accepted bribes worth millions of won from a deceased businessman, prosecutors said Tuesday, adding another twist to a politicized graft scandal involving senior members of the ruling bloc.
Prosecutors reportedly suspect that the late President Roh Moo-hyun’s brother Geon-pyeong and Rep. Kim Han-gil had accepted illegal funds from the late Sung Woan-jong. Kim was the first head of the newly minted New Politics Alliance for Democracy party in 2014, a party formed by combining progressive groups, mainly from the Democratic Party.
Prosecutors say Kim accepted illegal funds from Sung days before the DP’s convention in May 2013 when Kim was elected as the party chairman. Kim denied the charges, which he called, “ridiculous,” later Tuesday.
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