Prosecutors have launched a probe into allegations that a South Korean diplomat with ties to the ruling party took kickbacks from a real estate developer in return for job favors, its officials said Monday.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office is looking into allegations that Woo Yoon-keun, ambassador to Russia, received 10 million won (US$8,921) in total from the businessman, identified by his surname, Chang, in April 2009. Prosecutors plan to question Chang on Wednesday.
Woo, then a legislator of the main opposition Democratic Party, allegedly promised to help Chang’s relative land a job at POSCO, the largest steelmaker in the country.
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