SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Yonhap) — Prosecutors said Monday they have indicted a ruling party lawmaker over suspicions he took bribes from the country’s biggest steelmaker POSCO in exchange for business favors.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said Rep. Lee Byung-suk of the ruling Saenuri Party is suspected of peddling his influence to help POSCO resolve the suspension of a factory construction project in 2009.
Lee was the chairman of the parliamentary committee on land infrastructure and transport from 2008 to 2010, a position that made him an influential voice in the construction sector.
The construction resumed in 2011 after Lee contributed an op-ed article to a local newspaper and sent a letter to the then defense minister urging permission for the construction.
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